Wednesday 13 December 2017

In Brief: Death of seafood entrepreneur

THE death has taken place of well-known businessman Vincent Nolan, 87, who came to Dublin as a young man and turned his father's business, Nolan's Irish Seafood, into an international brand.

Mr Nolan, who was one of Dublin's great characters, was an accomplished pianist and he played and partied with everyone from Sean Lemass to Hoagy Carmichael. But he said doing a recital for the homeless at the RDS last Christmas was one of the great humbling experiences of his life.

The removal from his home in Donnybrook will take place tomorrow with the funeral on Tuesday.

Evening of songs with two jazz greats

The senior statesman of jazz piano, Jim Doherty, teams up with accomplished clarinetist and saxophone player Ciaran Wilde for a programme of the great standard songs in the National Concert Hall (John Field Room) this Friday, October 29 at 1.05pm.

The concert is called It Don't Mean a Thing... and tickets are available from 01-4170000 or

Spooky political debate for Halloween

Peter Mandelson, the British peer whom journalists love to call the 'Prince of Darkness', is in town this Halloween Eve to be interviewed by Miriam O'Callaghan about his creation (with a little help from Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell) of the British New Labour project.

It's part of the Leviathan political cabaret evening in the National Concert Hall, Dublin next Saturday.

Economist David McWilliams continues the theme with a debate entitled New Ireland, New Politics with Minister Eamon Ryan, Dr Elaine Byrne, Andrea Pappin and Fianna Fail's own Prince of Darkness, John McGuinness.

Huberman tackles lively stars

IT was a magic moment on the train from Killarney to Mallow last Tuesday when the triumphant Dr Croke's team met actress and model Amy Huberman.

Amy is married to rugby star Brian O'Driscoll, but the Gaelic footballers from Kerry did not hold that against her and they enjoyed an hour of song, laughter and music.

Dr Croke's team had won the Kerry senior football championship on the previous Sunday, beating the Austin Stacks, and they were on their way to Cork for an international rules football match when they encountered Amy and her mother Sandra.

"She's a great girl, and she really enjoyed the bit of fun on the train," said Michael Moloney, one of the 12 Crokes players in the carriage. "Amy and I had a great time," said Sandra.

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