Friday 24 November 2017

In brief: Chris Barber and Mike 'Magic' Henry join Des Hopkins for night of Dixieland

Chris Barber, trumpet star, and Mike 'Magic' Henry will join Des Hopkins and his band on Friday, April 30, for a spectacular evening of Dixieland jazz at the new TLT Theatre in Drogheda, Co Louth.

The concert will feature top musicians from both Ireland and the UK. For tickets and information, tel:(041) 987-8560, or see

Bushnell to thrill fans with lunch date

She's been on stage for more years than she cares to remember, but international singing star Anne Bushnell can still hold a tune better than most. Her show featuring 'This is my life and my Music' at lunchtime in the Regency Hotel, Swords Road, Dublin, will feature songs by Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Bette Midler and many others. There is a choice of the show at €15 or the show and lunch at €35. Anne Bushnell is then heading off to Los Angeles.

'Charlestown Chronicles' is launched

The Charlestown Chronicles by Cathal Henry is a history of the Co Mayo town and its people. It's the home town of the late John Healy, the late Tommy O'Donnell -- who was a sub-editor for the Sunday Independent -- and the dramatist Paddy Henry, and samples of their works are included in the book. The book, published by Nonsuch Publishing, is available on, in the shops in Charlestown and from McLoughlin's Bookstore Castlebar.

Soul great LaVette to make Irish debut

Bettye LaVette, who is regarded as one of the great soul singers, will make her Irish debut at The Village in Dublin on Friday, June 11. Her fans include Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and even Barack Obama. Her career began in 1962. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster outlets.

Kerry Group Fiction shortlist unveiled

The five shortlisted novels for the 2010 Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award were unveiled last night at the official launch of this year's Listowel Writer's Week. Actress Kate O'Toole and author Giles Foden adjudicated and chose the final five shortlisted novels for this year's prize fund of €15,000. They are: The Infinities by John Banville, Glover's Mistake by Nick Laird, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, The Space Between Us by John McKenna and Not Untrue & Not Unkind by Ed O'Loughlin.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 2.

Deadline looms for mini marathon

The deadline looms for applications for this year's Flora Women's Mini Marathon and the one in 1,000 group for Cystic Fibrosis is making one final call. Registration for the marathon closes on Tuesday. It is hoped that 1,000 women will run as part of the group and raise €200,000 for a new four-bed cystic fibrosis isolation unit at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.

A key group of 10 women has been tasked with recruiting 10 participants each, who in turn will recruit another 10 each. The aim is to get 1,000 women to participate with each woman raising at least €200.

Sunday Independent

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