It’s the Weekend hotlist where we bring you the best of what to see, do, and buy online this week.

Get into shape

For those who’d like to up their workout style game, Spanx Active has arrived in Brown Thomas and Arnotts stores. It’s a brand known primarily for its shapewear, and this new collection of sports bras, tops and leggings promises to sculpt, lift and support.

Leggings options include the Booty Boost range, as well as the Every Wear collection, which has a waistband-free design with Printed Power technology which targets the abdomen, plus four-way stretch, an anti-odour finish and breathability. Available in a selection of styles and fabrics.

BUY: Prices from €58. See and


Cloon Keen

Galway perfumer Cloon Keen has added to its range of scented candles with Étaín, which takes its inspiration from one of Ireland’s most romantic myths, The Wooing of Étaín, about lovers destined to be together. Scent-wise, it’s an enchanting blend of tuberose and jasmine with underlying notes of cedar and patchouli, ideal for summer days and nights. Cloon Keen also recently launched an 85pc ethanol hand sanitiser (€12), fragranced with fresh garden mint, ripe citrus fruit and armoise, to keep safe when soap and water isn’t available, as well as smelling delightful.

BUY: Candle, €40; see

Scoop up some art

This year, the annual SCOOP Foundation art auction is going ahead online, today and tomorrow, featuring a wide range of fine art and street art including work from Maser, Kate Beagan and Duda. You can bid from your computer in real time, with funds raised going towards sourcing, creating and distributing PPE gear to hospitals, nursing homes and direct provision centres.


Stream line-up

Tara Erraught

A new series of concerts streamed live from an empty National Concert Hall begins on Friday. Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught (above) and pianist Dearbhla Collins kick off NCH at Home, with Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill performing on subsequent weeks.


Capital culture

Explore Dublin from your own home with Dublin City Council Culture Company’s Culture Club, a series of online events, talks and performances. Upcoming highlights include a look at Russian icons in the National Gallery (below) and readings from Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey. Free but booking required.


Russian Icon National Gallery

Russian Icon National Gallery

Russian Icon National Gallery

Photo � National Gallery of Ire

Russian Icon National Gallery

DETAILS: dublincitycouncil

Food and think

Bringing together academics, chefs and food lovers at Technological University, the fifth Dublin Gastronomy Symposium takes place online from May 25-29. The theme for this year, ‘Food and Disruption: What Shall We Eat Tomorrow?’, is particularly apt, with 50 papers presented from 17 countries. Participation in the symposium is free.



Designist bee pot

It’s estimated that one third of Ireland’s 97 wild bee species are threatened by extinction, but you can do your bit for our little friends by investing in a bee hotel. This charcoal, cast-concrete bee pot from Designist offers a safe place for bees to nest, as well as a space for planting bee-friendly flowers (they love geraniums and roses). It can sit on a balcony or window sill, or in a garden. BUY: €40,

Why not…

Take five

Heritage walks

An initiative from the Heritage Council and the National Museum of Ireland invites people to share their discoveries about the hidden heritage of their area, from old photographs to local names for fields. ‘Know Your 5K’ offers online resources to help you search your locality and submit your own knowledge and findings to help document aspects of Irish history.


Sound and vision

Cinema buffs will enjoy The IFI Podcast, a new short series by the Irish Film Institute hosted by Stephen Boylan. The weekly podcast looks at different aspects of film culture, from deep dives into a film classic to recommendations for viewing at home, with a recent episode including an interview with Stephen Rennicks, the composer of the soundtrack for Normal People and Room (above). DETAILS: See


Outdoor offices

Working at your laptop in the garden is all well and good until you forget the sun cream.

Matt Damon sightings

Not quite as exciting or rare as they were a few weeks ago.

The Patience Challenge

Nothing like the viral craze that sees parents tempt their kids with sweets to make you realise that toddlers have more self-control than you.

Celeb lockdown splits

Shane Lynch, Mary Kate Olsen and Megan Fox are all discovering that love in lockdown is tough.

Harry Style’s new music video

‘Watermelon Sugar”s beach vibes and dedication to ‘touching’ will make you weep for the summer you’re not going to have.


Shaws online

The once ‘almost nationwide’ department store has now gone digital.

Lotus Biscoff lasagne

Social media’s latest food trend looks insanely good and requires no baking.

Tank tops

Summer 2020’s cheap and easy instant summer update. See Zara for minimalist inspo.

Take That’s reunion

Robbie Williams

The charity gig takes place this Friday, with Robbie, and it means we get to see into their gaffs.

Wild Animal Babies

The series about tiny, cutesy animals on new channel Sky Nature lands next week and is set to become our everything.

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