Friday 19 January 2018

In brief: Cork Jazz Festival band to honour memory of celebrated musician

THE memory of celebrated jazz pianist Professor Peter O'Brien (right) will be honoured this weekend at the Cork Jazz Festival, nearly seven years after his death in October 2003.

And one of his oldest friends, Gay Byrne, will pay tribute to the virtuoso musician on his popular Lyric FM show Sunday With Gay Byrne today (2-4pm).

The Des Hopkins Dixieland Band will dedicate their show in the Clarion Hotel, Cork, tonight at 10.30pm to O'Brien and to Des's brother and lifelong musical associate Billy, who died this year from motor neurone disease.

"It is fitting that we should do this, since not only have I played with Peter many times over the years, but also because of the fact that his last gig was with my band at this festival seven years ago," said Des.

Gay Byrne said: "Peter was a remarkable musician and a fine entertainer, we still miss him. He was one of the best stride piano players in these islands."

Garvin looks at life in the Fifties

Professor Tom Garvin, the renowned UCD political academic, will launch his latest book News from a New Republic: Ireland in the 1950s on Tuesday evening.

The book examines life in Ireland during the Fifties as reported by the media of the day and will be launched at 6pm in the Arts Building in Belfield. Garvin's friend and colleague Dr Maurice Manning, head of the Irish Human Rights Commission, will also launch a special issue of the Economic and Social Review Reappraising Irish Development at the event, which is being published as a 'Festschrift' (tribute) to Professor Garvin.

Dalai Lama to visit next year

THE 14th Dalai Lama will visit Ireland next year to take part in a series of events being planned by three Irish- based NGOs. Children in Crossfire, Afri, and SpunOut.ie will host The Dalai Lama. The visit comes at an important time, with Ireland, North and South, looking at important questions of identity, peace and progress.

Sunday Independent

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