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In brief: Matisse exhibition draws thousands of visitors to Chester Beatty library

MORE than 110,000 people have visited the Matisse exhibition at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, since it opened on May 26. It runs until September 25 and admission to the show is free.

The Art Books of Henri Matisse, on loan from the Bank of America Merrill collection, is one of the most popular temporary exhibitions ever mounted at the library, according to head of operations Derval O'Carroll. "We are welcoming over 1,000 visitors a day, including many overseas visitors and schoolchildren," she said.

The exhibition features text and original illustrations from four of the most artistically significant art books by Matisse, including the famous picture, Jazz.

History of 'Animal Gang' explored

THE History Ireland Hedge School, in conjunction with the National Library, will examine the myth and the reality of the Animal Gang in Thirties Dublin. The event takes place on Thursday, October 13, at 7pm in the National Library on Kildare Street, Dublin.

Admission is free and panellists on the night include Donal Fallon, Brian Hanley and Ruth McManus.

Annual antique dealers fair in RDS

THE Annual Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair, now in its 46th year, takes place in the RDS Main Hall from Friday to Sunday, September 23 to 25.

The fair provides the seasoned collector, antique connoisseur and first-time buyer with opportunities to see and buy exceptional pieces showcased by 50 exhibitors. Admission €10. For more information, see www.iada.ie.

Stars support charity spring clean

THE Spring Clean For Charity, which is supported by a host of celebrities including Roy Keane and Clodagh McKenna, comes to Cork City Hall this Saturday, September 24. There will be stalls selling vintage and designer clothes, books, homewares and many things besides. All proceeds go to St Laurence Cheshire Home and St Vincent de Paul. Admission €5 per adult with children under 12 free. www.springcleanforcharity.ie

Garden dig-out for cancer research

BALLINTUBBERT Garden in Stradbally, Co Laois is open throughout the Ploughing Championships in support of Breakthrough Cancer Research. Visitors to the Breakthrough stand get a pass for free entry to Ballintubbert (usual fee €10).

Sunday Independent