A few things distracting me from my end-of-week to-dos right now:
The Villagers at Vicar Street
This footage (by Arbutus Yarns) of The Villagers live at Vicar Street in Dublin last month makes me want to see them live again. I might have to travel to catch them as they're heading Down Under next and then onto an arena tour of the UK and Ireland. Check out their dates here.
Macha Jewelry Moves to Brooklyn
Sad for London and happy for Brooklyn as Irish designer Bernice Kelly announced this week that she is relocating Macha Jewelry to Brooklyn. (My stalking tactics worked!) They're celebrating with an up to seventy percent off sale at MachaJewelry.com
Irish Figure Skater Clara Peters
I'm always surprised when Irish people prove handy at skills that come less than naturally (to Irish people) like surfing, elephant-farming, or ice-skating. I wanted to be a figure skater when I was a kid but my guidance counselor mocked my lack of skates/ice-rinks/sequins and said I should be a nurse. I guess Clara Peters had a more supportive guidance counselor, as she is competing today against some of the best skaters in Europe at the Short Program of the Ladies event at the 2011 European Figure Skating Championships in Bern, Switzerland (and blazing a trail in the ice for the sport in Ireland.) You can keep track of her progress at the Ice Skating Association of Ireland.
Irish Poetry Now
The 2011 Irish Times Poetry Now shortlist (aka All The Irish Poetry I've Missed in the Past Year Shortlist) was announced last week and I'm hoping to track down copies of all five nominated collections this weekend. The winner will be announced at the end of March so there's still time to catch up on what we missed last year:
A Fool’s Errand by Dermot Healy
Maggot by Paul Muldoon
Until Before After by Ciaran Carson
The View from Here by Sara Berkeley
Human Chain by Seamus Heaney
Now I'm off to try and remember how to bake a Sponge Cake.
Remember: Friday comes but once a week so make it a good one!