Sligo Live festival to welcome music stars along with emerging artists
Sligo Live, the last big festival of 2011, takes place on the October bank holiday weekend, 26-31, with more than 100 performers over six days, many of them free.
Among the performers are Elvis Costello, KT Tunstall, Hayseed Dixie and Arty McGlynn. The festival will also feature Cafe Culture Emerging Artists Showcase and the World Air Fiddle Championships. See www.sligolive.ie
Smurfit honoured at awards show
Businesswoman and philanthropist Norma Smurfit was presented with a special honorary award at the Network Ireland Business Women of the Year Awards in Dublin Castle last week.
Other awards went to Julia McAndrew, founder of Compleat Travel Essentials, the new Galway firm that sells specially prepared toiletry packs for frequent flyers; Valerie Cahill, of Ikon Hair Design in Cork; and Mary Doyle, Head of Prudential Supervision at the IBF.
Celebrity handbags under the hammer
The Irish Hospice Foundation, in partnership with Boots, hosts a celebrity handbag auction at Dublin's Lost Society on South William Street on Thursday in aid of the Children's Hospice homecare service.
Celebrity bags going under the hammer include ones from Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter, Rosanna Davison, Claire Byrne, Lisa Cannon -- and rugby star Shane Horgan. The audience can also bid on designer bags by Philip Treacy, Orla Kiely and Karen Millen. Tickets €20 at all Boots stores or call (01) 77 80000.
Little museum has big stories to tell
The Little Museum of Dublin, located on the first floor of a Georgian townhouse at 15 St Stephen's Green, is crammed with fascinating items. Among the exhibits are the lectern JFK used to address the Oireachtas in 1963, the original Wanderly Wagon that was used for the flying scenes, James Joyce's death mask, a menu from Jammet's restaurant, and letters from GBS and Samuel Beckett.