Saturday 25 March 2017

Sinead donates Ali gift to help raise money for victims of Pakistan flood Music and poetry on the Hill of Tara Ultimate Girls Day Out reaches finale Aldi scoops 12 Great Taste Awards

singer Sinead O'Connor (right) is lending her name to help the victims of the Pakistan flooding.

Humanitarian agency Goal is auctioning a table cloth given to O'Connor by Muhammad Ali when she and her son Jake escorted him to the Special Olympics in Dublin in 2003. Describing the table cloth, which the former boxer autographed, O'Connor said: "One side is a large drawing of two mountains with a ship sailing between them, the other side is a small drawing of an unidentified boxing match."

Bids can be sent to Karen O'Shea at Goal, via email at koshea@goal.ie, by September 3.

Music and poetry on the Hill of Tara

A celebration of culture and heritage through poetry and music will be held at the Hill of Tara, Co Meath, today. Headlining the third Feis Teamhra event this year are prestigious poets including Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon and esteemed writers Colm Toibin and Michael Longley.

The musical contribution will be provided by renowned Irish harper Laoise Kelly and the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Susan McKeown, accompanied by guitar virtuoso Aidan Brennan.

Prior to the Feis Teamhra, which begins at 3pm, many of these honoured guests will take part in a short wreath-laying ceremony at Collierstown Cairn, which was erected by Tara campaigners in 2009 in honour of the dead removed from the sacred burial grounds during excavations for the M3 motorway.

At Collierstown alone, it is estimated that over 62 remains, including infants, were disinterred and many more were removed along the route at other archaeological sites.

Ultimate Girls Day Out reaches finale

The Ultimate Girls Day Out concludes in the main hall of the RDS in Dublin today.

Former Xpose presenter Lorraine Keane, who hosted the three-day extravaganza, said it was a "really fantastic event" with today being the last opportunity for women to browse through scores of designer boutiques, enjoy catwalk shows, and receive free treatments along with fantastic makeovers. There are 100 hand-picked fashion and beauty exhibitors to choose from at today's show.

Aldi scoops 12 Great Taste Awards

Aldi Stores Ireland was one of the big winners at this year's prestigious international Great Taste Awards, with 12 of its Irish products picking up awards.

Beating off competition from both UK and Irish retailers and producers, Aldi's Irish products won awards across a number of different food categories, including a three-gold stars award for its Kilcrea Gold Active 10+ Manuka Honey, made by Healy's Honey of Co Cork.

Aldi's Nature's Isle fresh Irish meat range faired particularly well, with its Nature's Isle Irish smoked bacon eye loin, Nature's Isle specially selected Irish Angus striploin steaks and Nature's Isle specially selected Irish Angus rib-eye steaks all winning awards.

Aldi's artisan cheese range was another strong performer, with both its Ardagh specially selected Irish vintage white cheddar and specially selected Tipperary Blue picking up awards. In its 16th year, the Great Taste Awards are the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food and drink in the UK and Ireland.

Recognising and rewarding excellence, the 2010 awards attracted over 6,000 entries from 1,300 companies across the UK and Ireland.

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