In Brief: Red Rose Day: contestants and their escorts to help children in Belarus
In what is sure to be one of the most challenging projects they will ever undertake, 19 Roses and escorts from the 2012 Rose of Tralee festival will travel to Belarus today to work as volunteers in a children's mental institution.
Nicola McEvoy, the 2012 Rose of Tralee winner, right, will accompany fellow Roses and friends from Ireland and the US on this trip.
Vesnova Children's Institution is situated 175km from Chernobyl, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident which caused thousands of deaths and forced more than half a million to flee their homes in 1986. The institution is supported by Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International (CCI).
Purrfect night out at magical show
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS, will come to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from August 21 to September 7.
Based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking adaptation is directed by Trevor Nunn, with choreography by Gillian Lynne and is designed by John Napier.
A magical musical, CATS includes one of Lloyd Webber's most memorable musical scores, spectacular set design and stunning choreography.
$10,000 music prize still up for grabs
The deadline of the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition has been extended to April 16. It is open to all solo artists, bands and aspiring singers who are not signed to any major record company.
The competition offers a grand prize of $10,000 (€7,700) and many opportunities within the music business. There will also be prize winners in each sub-category who will receive $1,000 (€770) and obtain a chance to be mentored by record company presidents.
GAA stars pitch in for Sandy victims
Following the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy last October several GAA stars, supported by Aer Lingus, travelled to New York at the end of January to help with the rebuilding of the Breezy Point community in Queens.
The Irish athletes raised funds to help the residents rebuild their lives. Tipperary star Lar Corbett and Tyrone football legend Brian McGuigan were among the group.
Extra date for funny man's tour
THE UK taxman's favourite comedian, Jimmy Carr, has added an extra date to his November stint at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.
His Irish tour kicks off in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, Co Mayo, on November 22; UCH Limerick, November 23; Olympia Theatre, November 29, 30 and December 1; Opera House Cork, December 6; INEC Killarney, December 13; Wexford Opera House, December 14, finishing up in Galway's Leisureland on December 15.
Reilly launches organ donor campaign
Organ donor awareness week will be launched tomorrow at the Mansion House in Dublin by the Minister for Health James Reilly
RTE's Joe Duffy, who is fronting the awareness campaign, will attend along with organ transplant recipients, people who are awaiting transplants, donor families, patients groups, nursing staff and medics.
The campaign will run from March 30 until April 6 and is organised by the Irish Kidney Association.