Outdoor Yoga Dublin

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On a sunny Wednesday evening – yes, yesterday was actually sunny – Happenings brought back their summer outdoor yoga, and I just had to go along and get my zen on.

While the teacher does go through the movements a little fast at times – you may need to know your Shiva from your Svanasana – it is a lovely hour spent in the park. Relaxing, suitable for all levels, and I am little sore today, which means I worked some muscles.

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Happenings host outdoor yoga every Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 11am in Dartmouth Sqaure Park, costing only €5. They also host brilliant and beautiful outdoor cinema events throughout the summer, keep an eye on their website for dets, http://www.happenings.ie/events/dublin

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Marriage Equality – #YESEQUALITY #VOTEYES

I tagged along to a marriage equality event hosted by the YES campaigner on Sunday. While I am very much in camp YES, I had not been overly active in attending events or campaigning – apart from the odd rant on Facebook.

Attending this event was an eye opener – in the best way possible. Hearing all the speakers and seeing the love on Merrion Square could turn any cynic into a rainbow clad equality fanatic! The articulate and passionate speakers spoke from the stage to loud applause and cheers, but more than that, it was all the loving and affectionate couples and families that warmed my heart. Families of all shapes and sizes attended – including heterosexual couples – and made their voices and choices heard and see on a lovely sunny Sunday.

To think that many of the couples in attendance were gay – or in relationships – when homosexuality was illegal in this county just boggels the mind. I can’t imagine growing up, being in college, and being a young adult and fearing arrest if I was to embrace my chosen loved one. It’s just insane. (As are many of the NO posters!)

So, while not trying to be pushy or a preacher, think about that last comment. And think about your unborn kids and grandkids who may grow up to gay, and make an informed, equal, loving decision.

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In the Fold – Exhibition at Kildare Village

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In the Fold – an exhibtion that showcased eight up and coming Irish designers, which exhibited at International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week in March – has now launched at Kildare Village.

Kildare Village was the main sponsor for In the Fold, brought to you by Irish Design 2015 and curated by Gemma A. Williams, under the direction of Aisling Farinella – Fashion & Textiles Advisor for ID2015. The eight designers involved were; Rory Parnell Mooney, Michael Stewart, Caoimhe MacNeice, Naoise Farrell, Richard Malone, Jocelyn Murray Boyne, Oliver Duncan and Laura Kinsella.

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Guests at Kildare Village will have the unique opportunity to see the work of these innovative young designers and attend a series of fashion and design focused talks to take place at Kildare Village each week. The series of events hosted by Kate Coleman from Le Cool Dublin, will allow guests and design aficionados to meet with some of the designers and engage with them around each unique area of expertise.

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We attended the launch of this beautifully curated exhibtion in Kildare and had the pleasure of hearing four of the designers speak about their journey during In the Fold and London Fashion Week, life after college, and what Ireland can do for up and coming designers to progress their careers – within Ireland – and make the world outside college a little less daunting.

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One to watch: Designer Richard Moore spoke articlately and with passion about being true to yourself as a designer, the waste that luxury fashion houses produce, and how he believes the Irish fashion industry can improve and nurture new talent. At twenty two, this kid is seriously going places.

If you are taking a visit to Kildare Village pop in, its really worth a look. You can also engage with these talented designers in exclusive events at Kildare Village throughout May:

Thursday 21 May: ‘Sustainability of Fashion’ with Richard Malone

Saturday 23 May: ‘The Craft of Weaving’ with Oliver Duncan Doherty

All events are complimentary but booking is essential as spaces are limited!
To reserve your place:
email RSVP@KildareVillage.com
telephone (045) 534 945

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