He's the longest performing crooner in the business at home or abroad -- and Dickie Rock hasn't gone away you know.
The 'Peter Pan' of Irish pop -- who's now in his 70s -- celebrates his next birthday on October 10 but has no plans to rest on his laurels. The night before this latest milestone he'll be doing what he does best -- performing in concert at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin (on Sunday, October 9).
Dickie, who had his first hit in 1963, has just recorded a new song (yet to be released) called This is the Life -- an old Matt Monroe classic, which some insiders have dubbed "the best yet". He did more than 60 concerts this year and says he's looking forward to his October 9 gig in Dublin.
"I'm fit and well and just so lucky to be able to continue doing what I love," he said from his holiday villa in Spain.
Harris to speak at General Lynch event
The annual General Liam Lynch National Commemoration will take place at Kilcrumper Cemetery, Fermoy, today. This is the 88th anniversary of the death of General Lynch on the Knockmealdown Mountains in south Tipperary.
Councillor Frank O'Flynn, chairman of the National Liam Lynch Commemoration Committee, is delighted that this year's oration will be given by well-known political columnist and former senator Eoghan Harris.
The day's events will start with Mass at 10.30am in St Patrick's Church Fermoy followed by a parade at 11.45am from Fitzgerald GAA Park Fermoy to the Republican Plot in Kilcrumper Cemetery. Wreaths will be laid on the Republican Plot and Eoghan Harris will deliver the oration at 12.30pm. All are welcome to attend.
Bikes take over the city in Sky Ride
Sky and Dublin City Council will host the Sky Ride Dublin event today, which will close 8km of Dublin's streets to cars and give people of all ages the chance to ride their bikes freely around the city centre.
The free family-friendly event will attract thousands of participants and is suitable for all cycling abilities with an open route that you can join or leave at any stage.
A superb line-up of entertainment is planned for the day in Merrion Square and Grand Canal Square, with BMX demos and stunts. There will also be free Sky Ride high-visibility bibs signed by celebrity ambassadors Nicky Byrne and Lisa Fitzpatrick (signings at about 11.15am and again at 1.30pm in Merrion Square). There will also be a bike hire and repair facility for those who need it.