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In Brief: Dickie Rock reels in the showband years at the Regency and nationwide

Dickie Rock will be back at the Regency Hotel, Dublin, on December 4, 5 and 6, along with a gig there on New Year's Eve. Then Dickie starts a nationwide tour headlining the Reelin in The Showband Years show, hosted by Ronan Collins. The tour kicks off in the Wexford Opera House on December 30, and runs until March 1, 2012.

RSA cricket challenge winner

STUART McConnell was the lucky winner of our competition with Cricket Ireland. Stuart, from Killester in Dublin, correctly guessed that Stuart Thompson would win the Aengus Fanning Award for International Emerging Player of the Year, sponsored by the Sunday Independent Cricket Society, at the recent RSA Cricket Ireland awards.

Stuart, who gets a VIP package for two to the 2013 RSA challenge match between Ireland and England at Malahide, was congratulated by Ireland cricket coach Phil Simmons, both right. For all those who didn't win tickets to the match on September 3, they are on sale at www.ticketmaster.ie

Spend an evening with John Giles

CRANNOG Bookshop, Cavan, will host 'An Evening with John Giles' in the Johnson Library, Cavan town, on Thursday, December 6 at 7pm. The soccer star turned RTE pundit will be in conversation with Paul Lennon.

Free tickets to see 'Benda Bilili'

TOMORROW is International Day of People with Disabilities, and to mark the occasion there will be a free screening of award-winning documentary Benda Bilili at the Light House Cinema, Dublin, at 6.30pm. There will be a post-screening discussion, and although tickets are free they are limited. See www.plan.ie

Rock around the Christmas tree

A special 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree Lunch' hosted by Ronan Collins, with his big band and singers, and special guest Sandy Kelly, takes place in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4 on December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21. Four-course Christmas lunch, spot prizes, ladies' choice and best-dressed ladies, all for only €45. Call Ciara on (01) 637-9383, Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm; or Ticketmaster on 0818 719-300.

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AA to host open public meeting

THERE will be an open public meeting hosted by Alcoholics Anonymous Dun Laoghaire-Monkstown Group, at Monkstown Community Centre, Co Dublin, at 8.30pm on Monday December 3.

Perry and Doris at The Helix

TONY Jones is the voice of Perry Como, with special guest Kathy Nugent as Doris Day, featuring The Impossible Big Band at The Helix on Sunday, December 16. And I Love You So ... The Perry Como Story is a nostalgic look at the career of one of the all-time great crooners. Tickets €25 from the Helix, tel: (01) 700-7000.

Help Cheeverstown broaden Horizons

Cheeverstown, the voluntary organisation that provides residential respite services to people with intellectual disabilities, is selling a range of Christmas items to raise funds for 2013 New Horizons project. See www.cheeverstown.ie.

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