Wednesday 21 March 2018

Annual Liffey race goes swimmingly

The 90th annual Dublin Liffey Swim, sponsored by Dublin City Council, took place yesterday. Some 237 men and 114 women -- ranging in age from 12 to 70 -- swam the 2.2km route from Watling Street Bridge to the Customs House.

The men's swim was won by Brian O'Dwyer of the Guinness Club, followed by Terry Joyce of Eastern Bay and Vinnie Nicoletti of Guinness. Deirdre Dunne of St Vincent's won the women's race, followed by Maeve Dunne and Susan Ritchie of Tallaght Masters.

Royalettes return to the variety stage

IT'S back to the future for Dublin theatre next Sunday, with a revival of the glory days of The Royal.

In its heyday, the long-demolished 2,000-seater theatre on Hawkins Street attracted international stars like Frank Sinatra and Danny Kaye -- but it was local stars like The Royalettes dancing troupe and the singalong to Tommy Dando, who rose out of the auditorium playing the organ, that attracted Dubliners in their droves.

Now a new version of the Royalettes has been formed for a variety show in The Olympia Theatre in Dublin next Sunday, September 19.

"It will be the same format," promoters say. Top UK song-and-dance man and TV star Tom O'Connor is being brought over for the night, Sonny Knowles (above, with the Royalettes) will be in the house singing old favourites, and former Eurovision winner Paul Harrington will play the piano for the singalong, which promises to be the highlight of the old-style variety show.

Big bands and lots of old-fashioned fun

JIM Doherty and Honor Heffernan are staging another performance of their delightful We're Old Fashioned show in the John Field room of the National Concert Hall next Tuesday at 8pm.

Jim and Honor, with Des Smith, will bring to life the songs of Irving Berlin, backed by a trio including Myles Drennan (drums) and Dave Fleming (bass).

And lovers of big-band music can enjoy the repertoire of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra in the Concert Hall on Saturday, September 25 (3.15pm) and later that same evening see the Sinatra Gala Concert, with the Chris Dean Big Band and Singers, beginning at 8pm in the same venue. For bookings, call the NCH box office on 01 417 0000 or visit

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