Saturday 18 November 2017

DJ Tom Dunne steps out to support suicide prevention in hit musical

Radio presenter Tom Dunne will swap his microphone for baggy trousers in the award-winning Our House, The Madness Musical at the Olympia next Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16.

Tom will guest star as dodgy developer, Mr Pressman and fulfil a personal dream by singing the Madness classic My Girl. "I'm a huge Madness fan and I was so overwhelmed to be asked to do this that I asked my listeners for guidance," said Tom. "On the no side, I've never acted before -- but the producers knew that. On the yes side, it's Madness, it's the Olympia and it's the chance to do something that I'll remember for the rest of my life."

The show features 20 of Madness's best tracks such as Baggy Trousers, House of Fun, Driving in My Car, interwoven around the story of Joe Casey (Ian Tighe) in a Sliding Doors-style plot, where we see two life-paths stemming from one decision. Our House won a Laurence Olivier Award for best new musical and enjoyed a 10-month run in London's West End.

It's a high-energy show -- a bit like Madness themselves -- which has been acclaimed for its choreography, witty script and spectacularly quick changes.

All cast members are giving their time free of charge to help Console, a free nationwide professional suicide prevention and bereavement charity which offers counselling support and 24-hour helpline services to those affected or bereaved by suicide. The organisation was founded by Paul Kelly after his sister Sharon took her own life at the age of 21. The charity can be reached through Console also operates a child and adolescent psychotherapy service.

Tickets for the shows (€28.50-€29.50) are available from or 0818 719 300. For information on Console, contact Ciaran Tighe on 087 7776921.

Ageism Week raises awareness

THE 2012 'Say No to Ageism' Week campaign was launched last week by Minister of State Fergus O'Dowd. This initiative, now in its ninth year, was developed to raise public awareness about the stereotyping of older people and to promote and support practical action for 'age friendly' service provision in key sectors.

This year's 'Say No to Ageism' Week focused on attitudes to health and age in insurance provision, and a seminar held on Wednesday in Dublin Castle aimed to promote dialogue between insurance providers and their customer base at either end of the age spectrum.

Scientists warn of coastal flooding

AFTER last week's torrential downpours, scientists have warned of more coastal urban flooding in Ireland. According to research published by engineers at the Ryan Institute of NUI Galway, the Irish Sea will rise by almost half a metre and become significantly warmer.

The research suggests that by the end of the century the sea surface temperature will increase by around 1.9 C.

With potential sea level rises in the order of 0.47m, coastal flooding due to storm surges is likely to be more severe in the future, the scientists said.

Anglo sells Metquarter at a loss

THE former Anglo Irish Bank is selling a Liverpool shopping centre for 70 per cent less than what it paid for it during the boom. Anglo bought the Metquarter for stg£86m in 2007, but the property is now back on the market for stg£25m.

The bank bought the shopping centre in a joint venture with the McCormack property-developing family, through their investment vehicle Alanis. Anglo owned a 90 per cent stake in the centre, and will get the bulk of proceeds.

The shopping centre was one of a number of high-profile joint ventures between Alanis and Anglo in Ireland and the UK, which include the Royal Exchange Building and a shopping centre in Berkshire.

Sunday Independent

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