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Powerscourt Centre is delighted to have the 15 finalist paintings for the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards on display in Powerscourt Centre until August 5th.

The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards was open to primary school children across Ireland and received thousands of entries from over 200 primary schools. The aim was to inspire them to express their artistic talent and develop an appreciation of the importance and value of sight.

Sightsavers believe that everyone should have the right to learn, earn and be happy.

Pop into Powerscourt Centre to view each of the 15 finalist’s paintings on display from now until August 5th.

27 07 2017

Behind The Brands

With Mary Grant

Located in the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter, Powerscourt Centre is bursting at the seams with creativity. Home to some of the most inspirational and talented Irish designers, we are delighted to offer you some more Behind The Brand’s insights on what it takes to be recognised in this competitive industry.

In the third and final part of our Behind the Brands series, is Mary Grant, designer and owner of Mary Grant located on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Centre. Finding inspiration in everyday life, Mary is making it her mission to design clothing that woman can feel confident and comfortable in every day.

What made you choose this career path? Was design always of interest to you?
From a very young age, I was interested in making things. Sewing was a big passion of mine; I would spend hours learning intricate constructions from a book. I never dreamt that one day I would have my own brand! I know how lucky I am, being able to go to work each day doing what I love so much.

What inspires you and your pieces?
Raising 3 children on my own has kept me close to home and I have learned to be inspired by everything around me. Anything, from early morning sunshine to customer feedback, everything that happens throughout the day is a source of inspiration.

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?
I started out in the Design Centre 24 years ago. I have always loved Powerscourt Centre for its individuality and quirky independent businesses. When we decided to open our own brand store in Dublin, it was always going to be my first choice.

What do you think makes your pieces so unique and sought after?
Customers love wearability and timelessness and those are at the centre of everything we do. Occasionally we will do something just for a photoshoot; a special piece that will live in our archives, and come out for a little bit of playtime. But for the most part, we always consider women’s bodyshapes and design to flatter them and make them feel comfortable but stylish every day. We are not just for an occasion. We believe that how women feel everyday isalways more important and that is what we look after.

What is your favourite piece instore at the moment?

That would have to be the cashmere wraps. They have literally just landed instore & online and will most likely be sold out by the end of the week! It is the perfect piece to carry through from season to season.

What does the future hold for Mary Grant?
Well that is a surprise… We have lots of things in the pipeline, so watch this space!

 

 

You can find Mary Grant on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Centre or shop online at www.marygrant.com

24 07 2017

Behind The Brands

With Margaret O’Rourke, MoMuse

As Powerscourt Centre is a hub of creativity with some of Ireland’s most inspirational and talented designers, we are delighted to offer you some more behind the brand insights on what it takes to be recognised in this competitive industry.

In the second of our series Behind the Brands, is Margaret O’Rourke, designer and owner of MoMuse, located on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Centre. Recently named as one of the Top Five places to shop in Dublin by the iconic New York Times earlier this month, this unique Irish designer is making her mark on the creative world.

What made you choose this career path? Was designing always of interest to you?
Yes, I was always creative as was my Dad, who was a brilliant Carpenter. My journey began by buying some stones and putting them together and creating small pieces for friends and family. It really developed from there and then travelling across Europe to trade shows, that really inspired me.

What inspires you and your pieces?
Travel and visiting different cities as well as people watching; it is so inspiring. I have always liked simple and classic style. I believe less is more, classic fine jewellery will never outdate. It is an investment piece that you will have for years.

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?
I started in Powerscourt Centre when the Loft Design Market was first set up by the amazing Aisling Farniella and I have never left, it has been my home for many years and I love it!

What do you think makes your pieces so unique and sought after?
I love to work with colours especially in my gold-filled collection; these pieces are very affordable and good quality. My fine jewellery are timeless pieces in 9kt Gold, as well as my fine gold stacking rings all made here. For me, I listen to my customer and I design simple classic pieces they will always have. I love to see my customers continuously wearing my pieces, isn’t that what it is all about!

What is your favourite piece in store at the moment?I have now started working with some new gems and more diamonds. I am currently working on a new ring collection. I am proud to say they are all made here in Dublin and all beautifully laser hallmarked in Dublin Castle. All will be revealed in September!

What does the future hold for MoMuse?
Earlier this month (July 2017), I received the best news any designer could ever wish for! I got voted one of the ‘Top Five Places to Shop in Dublin’ by the NEW YORK TIMES! It has been an amazing and exciting week. So from this who knows, but I feel very excited for the future and what it holds for MoMuse.

You can find MoMuse on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Centre or shop the collection online at www.momuse.ie

Virgin Mobile have brought some of the Virgin magic to the streets of Dublin with their very own Virgin Mobile Data Demon.

Created by Artist Luke Egan aka Filthy Luker the installation has taken weeks to build and 7 hours to land on Powerscourt Centre here in Dublin’s South William Street to let people know about our Virgin Mobile amazing value offers and fantastic value smart phones.

14 07 2017

Behind The Brands

With Jennifer Rothwell

Powerscourt Centre is at the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter and is delighted to have some of Irelands most successful, inspirational and talented designers on hand. We sat down with three designers at the Powerscourt Centre to find out the background of their brands and gain some insights on what it takes to be so successful.

The first in the series of Behind the Brands is Jennifer Rothwell. Jennifer began her journey at Powerscourt Centre in 2014 when she set up her flagship store. Being one of Irelands most successful Irish designers, we wanted to get to know who is behind the brand a little better.

What made you choose this career path? Was design always of interest to you?

I have always been creative; I have loved to draw and paint from a very early age. I suppose my love of fashion started when I decided to turn my pink jumpsuit, which had elasticized cuff sleeves, into a pair of trousers for my Barbie Doll, I was only 7! I knew a career where I had to conform and wear a business suit, that just was not me! I wanted a career where I could continue to have fun and create beautiful things every day! I studied Education at NCAD first and then decided to move into Fashion.

What inspires you and your pieces? 

Vibrant Colours, Fabrics and especially my love of Irish Heritage and Culture. I am very passionate about my Irish heritage and culture. In 2015 I wanted to help reignite the Celtic Revival of the 19th and 20th centuries. The aim was to celebrate Irish artists, folklore, legends and traditions through fashion in a modern and contemporary way.  As a result, I created a varied range of my printing which was inspired by Harry Clarke’s, Book of Kells and 1916 GPO. My One Shoulder Stain Glass Printed Gown was worn on the Red Carpet at the Oscar’s by Liselott Olofsson, wife of Tom Moore who directed Song of the Sea which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  In 2016, the National Museum of Ireland purchased 3 of my printed designs for their Contemporary Design Collection. I am very proud of this, it was a great endorsement of my work. I live and breathe the Made in Ireland Campaign although it can be very challenging at times. My passion started back in 2008 and continues to grow each day!

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?

ln 2014, I decided to open my first flagship boutique in Powerscourt Townhouse in the Creative Quarter.  I wanted to showcase my own collection while also supporting other fellow Irish fashion, accessory and jewellery designers that also exclusively make in Ireland. Powerscourt is such a beautiful period building and a perfect fit for my brand and boutique! I sincerely want to give fellow Irish designers, and myself included, a genuine platform to sell directly to the public, to promote and grow their businesses and create employment in the Irish design and manufacturing industry.

What do you think makes your pieces so unique and sought after?

Jennifer Rothwell designs are vibrant, colourful and are for clients that want to stand out of the crowd, who want something different and unique. We also offer a bespoke tailor-made service. Jennifer Rothwell is currently the only designer that digitally prints and makes in Ireland so we can create bespoke orders for customers worldwide! Jennifer Rothwell customers know when they buy our designs that they are investing in top quality garments that are unique, timeless fashion that will stand the test of time!

What is your favourite piece in store at the moment?

I love our printed range of Silk Tops; they are so versatile, you can wear them with white jeans for a casual summer look or wear them under a business suit for a more professional Look. The perfect day into evening piece! Our colourful prints make you feel happy too which is essential for every woman’s wardrobe.

What does the future hold for Jennifer Rothwell?

Global expansion! Jennifer Rothwell has its sights on the UK and USA markets over the next 6 months. An amazing photoshoot is also currently in the works for a major publication! There are so many very exciting things happening at Jennifer Rothwell HQ, the future is very bright indeed!

You can find Jennifer Rothwell on the Top Floor of the Powerscourt Centre or shop the collection online at www.JRothwell.net

It’s summer – This time of year is full of catching up with friends over brunch and doing some people watching with a refreshing drink in hand. What better place to do this than in Powerscourt Centre? We’re extremely Instagram friendly and you’ll be an #instafoodie in no time. Take a look at our foodie guide – we wanted to shine a spotlight on the hottest dishes, drinks and treats from around the Centre.

Brunchin’

Brunch Instagram - Powerscourt Centre

With Dublin’s brunch scene constantly growing, we all love a good instapic of your brunch at the weekend. What better way to provide curated brunch inspiration to your followers than avo toast and eggs? Often a good brunch is hard to get right, but not here in Powerscourt Centre! Our favourites for Avocado Eggs has to be the smashed Avocados, Baked Plum Tomato, Smoked Mozzarella and Pesto delight from Farrier & Draper. On par with this is The Pepper Pot’s Sourdough, Smashed Avocado, Poached Eggs topped with crispy Bacon.

If you’re after something sweet for brunch the Pancakes with Ricotta, Maple Syrup and Mixed Berries from Farrier & Draper are a must. The French Toast with Bacon from Pygmalion is drizzled in maple syrup and is another ‘go to’ for your sweet tooth. Add a little taste of France to your day with a Ham and Cheese Croissant with Baked Ham, Emmental Cheese and Béchamel Sauce from Le Petit Parisien.

A brunch menu isn’t complete without some Eggs Royale on the menu! The Townhouse Café do a mouth-watering English muffin topped with Smoked Salmon, a Poached Egg, and Hollandaise Sauce. Be sure to take an Instagram picture before you dive in!

Is it lunchtime yet?

Lunch Instagram

Dublin’s streets are packed with excellent places to grab an appetising lunch and catch up with friends. You can’t beat a hearty sambo when it comes to lunch. The Pepper Pot sandwiches are enormous and filling. Roast Pear, Bacon and Mount Callan cheese on thick fresh white bread. Yes Please!

You can’t beat some bruschetta to nibble on over lunch – it’s simple and tasty – especially Farrier & Draper’s Bruschetta selection with Tomato, Basil and Garlic or with Goat’s Cheese, Prosciutto and Fig Jam as well as the veggie option with Roast Aubergine and Artichoke.

Le Petit Parisien do a mean Quiche Lorraine filled with Bacon and Emmental Cheese – a classic french dish, perfect to prevent that midday slump.

If you’re looking for something crunchy and cheesy, how do Pygmalion’s Nachos sound? Baked Tortilla Chips topped with Monterey Jack Cheese, Jalapeno, Refried Beans, Guacamole, Salsa and Chilli Con Carne will definitely hit the spot. We love ours with a side of Sweet Potato Fries too.

Satisfying Salads!

Instagram Lunch

Trying to keep your health kick going throughout the summer can be difficult so Powerscourt Shopping Centre are on hand to bring you some delicious salads to help keep you on track!

We love The Pepper Pot’s Pan-Fried Goats Cheese Salad with Gubbeen Chorizo and Vine Tomatoes. Another delicious go to is the ’Manza’ with Flank Steak Salad with Grilled Mushrooms, Artichoke, Rocket and Radish from Farrier & Draper.

We can’t forget the Classic Chicken Ceasar Salad from The Townhouse Cafe, a firm favourite with Grilled Chicken, fresh Romaine Lettuce and Cherry Tomatoes tossed with a delicious Caesar dressing. Topped with shaved Parmesan Cheese and Croutons, this is sure to hit the spot.

If you’re a fan of avocados (who isn’t), you NEED to try the Avocado and Crab or Smoked Salmon Salad served with a crispy Baguette from Le Petit Parisien. We’re getting hungry just thinking about them! Healthy, delicious and filling!

Dinner

Instagram Dinner Powerscourt Centre

If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, get more bang for your buck with Farrier & Draper and let your taste buds run wild. It’s early bird menu is available from 5.00pm – 6.30pm, with 2 courses for just €22 or 3 courses for €25. Bargain! We’re loving the Prosciutto to start, with San Daniele Ham, Irish Buffalo Mozzarella, Vine tomatoes and Fig preserved.

For your main course, we recommend a Pizza – the Diavola – smothered with mozzarella, spicy Italian salami and sundried tomatoes. Throw in a glass of wine for good measure. With specials daily, there is always something different on the menu at The Townhouse Café. Daily specials include Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with King Prawns and Parmesan, Hake and Pesto Pasta or a juicy 8oz Rib Eye Steak. Plus, there is ‘two for one’ on wine or prosecco so #winenot?

Craving Something Sweet?

Cakes and Pastries at Powerscourt Townhouse

To curb your sweet tooth, we are in awe of the classic Victoria Sandwich from The Pepper Pot – The Light Sponge filled with Whipped Cream and Jam is the perfect afternoon treat!

There is a ton of other great healthy treats to opt for too which are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar-free: Goji Berries and Pistachio Almond and Cashews with Raw Cacao – Yum!

Le Petit Parisian is a little slice of Paris right in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. All pastries are made in their in-house bakery on the top floor of Powerscourt, oozing of fresh baked goods for an authentic serving of France. We’re talking Instagram heaven here -with baskets of croissants, glazed pastries, and exquisite fruit tarts, there’s certainly something for everyone.

The Townhouse Cafe’s Bailey’s Cheesecake is divine – the smooth, creamy liqueur gives this cheesecake the wow factor. Wash it down with an Irish Coffee. Why not eh?

It’s Cocktail O’Clock!

Instagram Cocktails

Pygmalion is an old reliable and a haven for people watching, and is known for it’s tasty ‘2-4-1’ “Pygtails” offer which runs weekly from Sunday to Thursday and 40% off all drinks on Sundays! We’re talking Minty Mojitos, Espresso Martinis, Whiskey Sours and Tangle Twisters. All ‘buy one, get one free’, we don’t have to tell you twice!

Farrier & Draper is another ‘go to’ hotspot, nestled right on the front-line of Dublin’s Creative Quarter. When it comes to cocktails, we love their fresh take on the old classics. ‘Shake it baby’ & ‘Whiskey for Business’ sound fab! Enjoy your cocktails in the 1920’s décor, listening to some uplifting tunes from there in-house DJ. How about something cool and refreshing sans alcohol to quench your thirst?

The range of Ice Cold Drinks from The Townhouse Café will sort you out! Choose from Homemade Lemonade, Iced Coconut Mocha, Passion Fruit Iced Tea and Iced Vanilla Latte.

The glorious weather has hit Dublin which means salads are back on top of the list. During these brighter and warmer summer days, nothing beats a tasty salad bursting with flavour to leave you satisfied. Full of health benefits and ingredients, they are the perfect option for a light lunch or dinner. Who said salads should be boring? We have some delicious salads on offer here in Powerscourt Centre to hit the spot.

Tasty Salads at The Pepper Pot

Summer Salads - Pepper Pot

We can’t rave about The Pepper Pot’s salads enough. They’re full of colour and creativity. The Pepper Pot specialises in homemade organic food and only uses seasonal stock in their delicious recipes. The Pan-Fried Goats Cheese Salad with Gubbeen Chorizo and Vine Tomatoes is to die for! Another favourite is the Balsamic Roasted Beetroot, with Orange, Toasted Hazelnuts and Organic Leaves. All salads are served with delicious homemade soda bread too! YUM! Where better to enjoy your lunch on a sunny afternoon in Dublin than on the famous steps of Powerscourt Centre?

Farrier & Draper’s Scrumptious Salads

Farrier & Draper is another perfect daytime venue for a spot of casual lunch. It’s uber trendy with exposed brick and chilled out tones of muted browns, maroons and greys. Their in-house restaurant ‘La Cucina’ serves an authentic Italian menu packed with appetising salads. The ‘Arugula’ is filled with Beetroot, Vine Tomatoes, Rocket Leaves, Red Onion, Irish Goats Cheese topped with a Green Apple Dressing – Amazing! The ‘Pantesca’ is loaded with Green Beans, Potato Cubes, Olives, Anchovies, Mozzarella Red Onion and Citronette Dressing. Last but most certainly not least is their delicious Flank Steak Salad with Grilled Mushrooms, Artichoke, Rocket and Radish. Farrier & Draper sure know how make a salad taste, look and sound gorgeous!

Salads at The Townhouse Café

Summer Salads - Townhouse Cafe

The Townhouse Café on the ground floor of Powerscourt known for its tasty food at remarkable prices in the heart of Dublin City. There’s tons of fresh salads perfect to perk you up on a summers day and prevent that midday slump. How delicious does a Roasted Sweet Potatoe & Blue Cheese Salad sound? Keep things simple with their Grilled Chicken, Organic Leaves and Vine Tomatoes salad. We can’t forget the Classic Chicken Ceaser Salad– a firm favourite with grilled chicken, fresh romaine lettuce and cherry tomatoes tossed with a delicious caesar dressing. Topped with shaved parmesan cheese and croutons, this is sure to hit the spot. We’re getting hungry just thinking about them! Healthy, delicious and filling!

Powerscourt Centre have lots of healthy options to hit the spot this summer!

The New Yorks Times’ article on June 28 on 5 Places to Shop in Dublin, mentions not one but two stores in Powerscourt Townhouse. So exciting to see the Creative Quarter being recognised internationally as the go-to area for contemporary and modern Irish independent designers and retailers.

From the New York Times

One block west [of Grafton Street] lies a mix of independent boutiques, cafes and galleries in what is known as the Creative Quarter. Many shops on three parallel streets — Clarendon, William and Drury — feature local designers and artisans. While the district has been a retail area since the 19th century when the George’s Street Arcade, Ireland’s first (and still functioning) shopping center opened, new developments have helped create a concentrated destination for contemporary Irish design.

MADE Powerscourt Townhouse

MADEfrom the New York Times:

Opened in 2016, Made carries fashion-forward women’s clothes from Irish lines, such as cartoon-illustrated dresses by Electronic Sheep and Victorian ruffle collars by Natalie B. Coleman. One corner is devoted to the nature-inspired jewelry company Chupi.

MoMuse Powerscourt Townhouse

MoMusefrom the New York Times

This inviting shop in Powerscourt Centre features jewelry by its owner, the designer Margaret O’Rourke, including pendant necklaces with nine-karat-gold discs and gold chain drop earrings. Also look for alpaca and silk scarves from Mucros Weavers, based in Killarney, and made-in-Dublin cashmere knits from Eilis Boyle.

Read the full article here

Award-winning landscape designer and owner of The Garden, Mark Grehan, has partnered with fashion and fine-art photographer, Brian Teeling, on a limited run of photographic print t-shirts titled “Towards A New World”.

The set will be made available for purchase on June 29th with an event at Made in The Powerscourt Centre.

This collection is inspired by the Japanese language of flowers or ‘Hanakotoba’, which is a means of cryptological communication through the use and symbolism of flowers.

The form, size and colour of each blossom are studied while the photographs themselves are emotive and communicate directly to the observer without the use of words.

“Many people think flowers simply have a decorative purpose. The form or beauty of each plant is validated by its surroundings, whether that be in a vase on a table or in a wreath on a grave.

This perceived cultural notion is something we wanted to question and perhaps, deconstruct. In doing so we’ve removed them from our world. This reality looks past the obvious and considers the emotional qualities of the bloom, with the ultimate goal to discover beauty in unusual places.”

For further enquiries please contact:

Brian Teeling  – work@brianteeling.com  | 0877851815
Mark Grehan  – mark@thegarden.ie  | 0872711277

Summer has arrived and Powerscourt Centre is bursting with gorgeous summer colours and delicious summer cocktails.  We have chosen some of our favourites that we don’t want you to miss!

 Pygmalion

PYG Cocktails

An old reliable and a haven for people watching, Pygmalion or PYG to the cool kids on the block, is known for their tasty 2-4-1 “Pygtails” offer which runs weekly from Sunday to Thursday. We’re talking Minty Mojitos, Espresso Martinis, Whiskey Sours and Tangle Twisters.

All buy one get one free – we don’t have to tell you twice!

We’re huge fans of ‘The Pyglet’ enriched with flavours of gin, elderflower, mint, and apple is sure to tickle your fancy. Another of our favs is ‘My Fair Lady’, a rum based cocktail with Pinot Grigio, Passion fruit and peach – YUM!

If you’re looking for bit of banter and a #SundayFunday, PYG is one to visit. On top of 2-4-1 “Pygtails’’ there’s also an additional 40% off all other drinks on a Sunday plus great DJ’s, the atmosphere here is electric. Pygmalion’s terrace on Coppinger Row is heated enough to sit outside and preferred by many and famed for its laid-back vibe and shabby chic décor making it the perfect place for bonding with friends and enjoying the brighter Summer evenings.

 

Farrier & Draper

Farrier and Draper Cocktails

Another go-to hotspot, Farrier & Draper is nestled right on the front-line of Dublin’s Creative Quarter. With their slick interior, it’s the perfect spot for the drinker who likes a little bit of history. Their impressive glass doors originally served as the Townhouse’s horse and carriage entrance and the upstairs bar was Lady Powerscourt’s very own bedroom. When it comes to cocktails, we love their fresh take on the old classics.

We love Farrier & Drapers take on the Margarita! Just one of their combinations includes tequila, curacao, lime juice, agave syrup and some bitter orange marmalade. It is full to the brim with brilliant citrus flavours to refresh you after a long day of shopping. ‘Shake it baby’ pairs Ketel One Vodka, pomegranate syrup, lime, cranberry and pineapple juice topped off with a dash of soda to make this fruity concoction. Another of our top picks is ‘Whiskey for Business’ with musings bourbon, Bénédictine, cherry syrup, lime juice and mint. How tasty does that sound? Enjoy your cocktails in the 1920’s decor, listening to some uplifting tunes from their in-house DJ.

 The Townhouse Café

The Townhouse Cafe

If you’re looking for something cool and refreshing sans alcohol to quench your thirst you need to check out the ice cold homemade lemonade from The Townhouse Café. Chill out with this delightful cooler bursting with citrus flavour available throughout the Summer here at Powerscourt Centre.

 Powerscourt Townhouse is bursting with yummy cocktails this Summer. Located right in the heart of the Creative Quarter it’s the perfect place to meet for after work drinks or to catch up with old friends!

 


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