A gifted young Irish fashion designer, Alison Conneely, who draws inspiration from her native Connemara, has won the top prize in this year's Crafts Council of Ireland Future Makers Awards & Support programme.
The €23,000 programme rewards the next generation of Irish creative makers to develop a future in the craft and design industry. Alison won the overall award of €4,000 for the distinctive dress and skirt designs from her 'Bella Faul' collection, which is based on her grandmother, Bella, from Faul in Connemara.
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth brings his new band, Chelsea Light Moving, to Whelan's of Dublin tonight. With a line-up of violin, twin guitars and bass and drums, it's quite a stream of musical consciousness for Bloomsday.
Moore's band is supported by punk legend Mike Watt (a James Joyce fanatic) who is bringing his new band Il Sogno del Marinaio for a special appearance. Watt previously guested with Sonic Youth and currently fills in his spare time playing bass with Iggy and The Stooges.
Doors are open at 7pm and tickets are available from either Whelan's or www.tickets.ie/umack
WITCHES OF OZ MUSICAL TO CAST A SPELL
WICKED, the global musical phenomenon, which tells the untold story of the witches of Oz, will run for a limited eight-week season from Wednesday November 27 to Saturday, January 18. Tickets from Ticketmaster.
MATING GAME PLAY GOES ON TOUR
Coppers Uncovered is set to tour Ireland beginning with two nights in the Axis Theatre, Ballymun, Dublin, June 19 and 20. In the play, 'David Attenborough' follows four Irish lads on a quest for a 'mate'.
All the cultural elements are explored including the differences between the culchie and the Dub. Characters include the early morning 'cock block' who rounds up her friends, destroying prospects for the males every week.
MEDICS WANTED FOR MISSION TO IRAQ
TEN years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, doctors from Ireland are being invited to take part in training and treatment missions, initially to Basra in the south of the country, to help improve health services for children there.
John Reynolds, a Dublin-based volunteer who visited two children's hospitals in Basra in 2011 has just formed a partnership with Preemptive Love – a US organisation that carries out cardiac treatment and training missions throughout Iraq. They are seeking to recruit a small team of doctors to make an initial visit to the country.
Doctors who are interested in helping the children can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086 3881737.
'THRONES' STAR TO SPEAK ON STAGE CRAFT
RENOWNED actor Charles Dance of Game of Thrones fame and fellow actors Lia Williams and Nick Dunning will address the Gate Theatre inaugural World Actors Forum today on the topic of "Not Waiting for the Phone to Ring".
Denis Conway also leads a panel of actors who discuss the "peaks and pitfalls" of living as an actor in Ireland. Mark O'Regan is the host. www.worldactorsforum.com