Sunday 18 March 2018

In Brief: Festival fever grips opera host town ahead of dazzling opening night

THE opening night of the 62nd Wexford Festival Opera is just three days away, but the town is already gripped by festival fever.

Since the end of September, nearly every room in Wexford Opera House is being used for cast and chorus rehearsals, costume-fittings, and putting the finishing touches on sets.

The 62nd Wexford Festival Opera will run for 12 days from Wednesday, October 23 until Sunday, November 3. The programme includes three mainstage opera productions: Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze by Nino Rota; Cristina, Regina di Svezia by Jacopo Foroni; and a double bill of Therese/La Navarraise by Jules Massenet. Four daytime operas will be presented: La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi; The Sleeping Queen by Michael William Balfe; L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti; and Losers by Richard Wargo.

Tickets,can be purchased online at


This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' only Irish concert and Trinity College is hosting a number of events to mark the Fab Four's Dublin appearance.

A talk tomorrow night by Donovan is already booked out but there are further events planned for "The Beatles in 12 Movements" series.

Other speakers include Trinity academics, broadcaster Ryan Tubridy (November 11), Ross O'Carroll-Kelly author Paul Howard (November 18) and assistant director of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film Gerry Harrison (November 25), who will discuss the soundtrack to that film as well as his memories of working with the band.

The lecture series is free. Booking information: Tel:01 896 3174 or see


CHILDREN'S charity Barnardos has made an urgent appeal for donations ahead of its one-day bucket collection across the country next Friday, October 25.

The charity is urgently calling for volunteers to give just two hours of their time to shake a bucket in more than 100 locations across the country.

Actress and author Amy Huberman is leading Barnardos' call for volunteers.

"Giving as little as two hours of your time will make a huge difference to Barnardos," said the actress, who is married to rubgy legend Brian O'Driscoll.

"On average each volunteer will collect €50 in their bucket in an hour so the more volunteers out shaking buckets on October 25, the more cash will be raised to change children's lives for the better. And if you can't volunteer, you can still help Barnardos by texting BUCKET to 50300 to donate €4."

To volunteer visit or call 01-4530355.


LEADING economist and Sunday Independent columnist Colm McCarthy will address the annual conference of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland on Thursday.

He will be joined by Nama Head of Asset Management John Mulcahy and IDA Ireland CEO Barry O'Leary to discuss the theme, 'Leading through Innovation'.

The conference will be hosted by broadcaster and historian Dr John Bowman and will be held at Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.


KILDARE Village is looking for up to 100 workers to fill temporary, permanent and part-time positions at the shopping mecca.

It is hosting a special careers evening between 6pm and 9pm this Wednesday, October 23, at the L'Officina restaurant in the retail complex. Village director Maria McGovern said: "Kildare Village looks forward to discovering fresh talent to work among some of the biggest names in fashion."

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