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In brief: Hit home-shopping TV programme celebrates first birthday in style

Kathy Hoffman, the producer/presenter of Ireland's only home shopping TV series Shopping from Home, is celebrating the show's first birthday broadcast this week on RTE 1.

The series has been a huge hit with audiences and continues to support Irish businesses. It has attracted prominent firms including Odearest, Peats World of Electronics, Champion Sports, Unislim, Fitness4Hire and Meadows & Byrne offering viewers huge discounts and bonus incentives on all purchases. The 30-minute show can be viewed daily at 7am on RTE 1.

"We're delighted at the success and the audience's positive response which is so much appreciated. It just proves that a good idea with a lot of hard work can pay off," said Kathy.

Stars spice up Haiti charity cookbook

Recipe for Disaster, featuring recipes by Irish celebrities to raise funds for the work of Irish healthcare teams in Haiti has been published in Dublin.

Since February 2010, Irish medical teams have travelled to a rural hospital in central Haiti under the auspices of the Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (IITOS), which teamed up with Dr Louise Ivers, an Irish doctor who is medical director for a charity called Partners in Health that runs 10 hospitals in Haiti.

Money raised through sales of Recipe for Disaster, which features recipes by Brendan Gleeson, Padraig Harrington, Brian O'Driscoll, Sharon Ni Bheolain among others will be used to help fund additional healthcare teams to travel to Haiti.

Recipe for Disaster costs €15 and is available online at www.iohf.ie

Lunchtime play a bittersweet tale

According to Sydney is the new play by Gerry Lynch with Rose Henderson and directed by Caroline FitzGerald at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Co Dublin.

It is the bittersweet story of a woman driven to distraction by a demanding husband. According to Sydney, everything has gone into decline: morality, masculinity, social behaviour. Rose Henderson plays Ruth who has been married for many years to the opinionated Sydney and is left with questions like who is the woman who turned up at his funeral, wearing red shoes?

Lunchtimes at the Mill Theatre at 1.10pm, Monday 14 February to Friday, February 25. Tickets €14. Tel: 01 2969340. www.milltheatre.com

Thumbs up for school's panto

TOM Thumb, this year's panto by St Anne's School Stonebridge Road, Shankill, Co Dublin, takes place Friday and Saturday 4 and 5 of February at 7.30pm each night.

US rockers Dr Hook to play Dublin

Best known for Sylvia's Mother and When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman, the American rockers Dr Hook will appear at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on Sunday, February 13, 2011.

Other hits include On the Cover of the Rolling Stone and Don't Give a Dose to the One You Love Most written by the eye-patch-wearing lead singer Ray Sawyer.

Sunday Independent