In brief: Benefit night for O'Haire children who tragically lost mother in house blaze
The O'Haire children tragically lost their mother Una in a recent house fire in Newcastle, Co Dublin, on October 27 and it was only due to the quick actions of their grandmother Sheila Cassells (81) that the four children survived the blaze.
A benefit night is to be held in aid of the O'Haire children this Friday, December 3, in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, at 8pm. There will be a live band and DJ, a large raffle and great prizes. Further details are available on (01) 4010500.
Photos of 'rare old times' in Wexford
A unique book of Co Wexford photographs and descriptions of their content and historical context, entitled County Wexford in the Rare Old Times 1880-1980 by author and historian Nicholas Furlong, will be launched at the Ferrycarrig Hotel, Ferrycarrig, Co Wexford, tomorrow at 8pm.
The book is the fifth in a series of volumes by the author and his 14th mainstream book to be published.
Christmas kicks off with carols at NCH
The annual Christmas carol service with the renowned Palestrina Choir of St Mary's Pro Cathedral will take place this Thursday in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, featuring organist Gerald Gillen, accompanist Darren McGee and St Mary's Pro Cathedral girls' choir and Orchestra of St Cecilia. Information and tickets from the National Concert Hall on www.nch.ie or (01) 417-0000.
Lynch books dominate top sports list
Some of Ireland's most famous sports stars are in the top six sports books of the year and Sunday Independent writer Declan Lynch has been involved in two of them.
Declan Lynch's book Days of Heaven -- a nostalgic look at the Jack Charlton era in Irish soccer -- has been nominated for the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year, as has A Football Man the autobiography he co-wrote with Irish soccer legend Johnny Giles.
Tony Kenny of William Hill said: "The top six books for this year's award really are the cream of the crop."
The shortlist is: A Football Man by John Giles; My Story by Bernard Dunne; The Club by Christy O'Connor; Ruby by Ruby Walsh; Days of Heaven by Declan Lynch; Screaming at the Sky by Tony Griffin.