In Brief: Duffy's unconventional portrait of the artist as a celebrity sells out
Gavin Duffy's fundraising lecture on John Lavery this Thursday at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, has sold out.
Gavin presents the case that Lavery and his wife, Hazel, were the world's first "celebrity couple". Like all celebrities, rumours abounded about them. Did Lady Lavery have an affair with Michael Collins? Did Sir John, to avoid scandal, abandon his pregnant sister who later took her own life? What is undisputed is that Lavery was the most sought after portrait painter of the 20th Century. The RTE Dragon will major on the story of Lavery's works, from painting Queen Victoria in 1888 to child star Shirley Temple in 1936.
Embrace Amma's philosophy today
THOUSANDS of people are expected to greet spiritual guru Amma, who travels around the world embracing people, on her second day at the National Show Centre in Cloghran, near Dublin Airport, today.
Amma, who has hugged more than 30 million people, will host a series of special programmes at the venue, including talks, music and the chance to receive a hug.
Insight into Punchestown festival
A documentary which gives a thrilling insight into the unique Punchestown Horse Racing Festival in 2011 will be broadcast on TG4 this Saturday at 9.20 pm. It contains footage from races and interviews with leading owners, trainers and jockeys, both from Ireland and the UK. Also included are visits to Willie Mullins's and Jim Dreaper's training yards, not to mention the fashion, style, celebrities and pundits.
It is also available on TG4 player for world-wide viewing (www.tg4.ie) until December 15, 2012.
Helix hosts return of the showbands
ONE of the most popular series of live shows, Ireland's Showbands – Do you come here often?, is back by popular demand at The Helix, Dublin, with Brendan Bowyer, Tony Kenny, Sonny Knowles, Sean Fagan, Susan McCann, Ray Lynam, Joe Doherty and the Galaxy Showband.
Celebrate the sounds of the showband era this New Year and join some of the old stars as they take you down memory lane to the glorious dance hall days, from Thursday, January 3, to Saturday, January 5, 2013, at The Helix. Tickets: 01 700 7000 or www.thehelix.ie
Celebrate with The Three Tenors
IRELAND'S greatest voices 'The Three Tenors' have announced Christmas shows at some of our premier venues: Dublin's NCH, the Waterfront Belfast, Cork Opera House, Wexford Opera House and Limerick's UCH.
The Three Tenors will perform favourites from Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel, The Dubliners and Pavarotti on their 12-day All Ages Christmas Tour, which also takes in other venues in Dublin, Cork, Galway. For full details of The Three Tenors Christmas concerts, check dates and venues on www.threetenorsireland.com or see the Special Notices in today's Sunday Independent.