In Brief: Prestigious opera singing competition set for seventh outing this month
The seventh Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition will take place in Dublin at the National Concert Hall from Friday, January 25, to Thursday, January 31. Since starting in 1995, the competition has honoured the lifetime's work of Dr Veronica Dunne and has now achieved an international reputation.
The competition offers a global stage for the encouragement and development of Irish and international vocal talent and is one of the most respected international opera singing competitions with more than 80 competitors from over 30 nations.
Oldest charity hands out €120,000
Ireland's oldest continuous charity The Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers' Society has distributed €120,000 in assistance to over 200 individuals and families in 2012.
While the number of cases accepted for assistance by the society in 2012 was 10 per cent higher than in the previous year, the total amount of assistance provided increased by 16 per cent.
Founded in 1790 to address and alleviate poverty due to illness, unemployment, addiction and other unforeseen circumstances, it continues to respond today to the needs of the poor, sick and destitute of Dublin city and county. Donations to enable the society to continue this work should be sent to The Secretary, Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers' Society, 74 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4.
Family duo on fire in apps market
An Irish father and daughter have developed an app which has hit the top of the Amazon Kindle Fire charts, reaching one million copies downloaded on December 29.
Calculator Plus, invented by Aidan and Isabel Hughes, is now the number one calculator app for the Kindle Fire tablet in the US and UK and is the second-highest rated app in all categories.
It is available for smartphones and the Apple App Store under the firm's name, Digitalchemy.
Their Windows 8 version, Calculator Free, is already the most downloaded calculator on that platform after just a month.
Coulter back on road with spring tour
Phil Coulter makes a welcome return with his show 'The Songs I Love So Well' for a nationwide tour of Ireland. His tour runs from February 23 to March 16 and takes in Galway, Cork, Meath, Limerick, Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Sligo, Dublin, Waterford, Clare and Offaly.
Tickets are on sale now.