Monday 18 December 2017

In brief: Oncologist has recipe for success in cancer research cookbook fundraiser

Consultant Oncologist Professor John Crown has revealed his recipe for a Milanese Risotto in a new cookbook to raise much-needed funds for cancer research.

Prof Crown last week attended the launch of In the Pot, which was compiled by Frank Buckley and Linda Kinsella, and contains recipes by a variety of well-known and not-so-well-known people.

"Scarcely a family in Ireland has not been touched in some way by cancer. While we are all too aware of the heavy burden which this disease places on patients and their loved ones, it is important to realise that there has been a tremendous amount of good news in recent years," says Prof Crown in his foreword to the book. In The Pot is available from bookshops.

Authors sign up for meet-and-greet

Newbridge Silverware is hosting a series of special author events in their showrooms, starting today. Ken Fox, author of Snouts in the Trough, and Sheila O'Flanagan, author of A Season to Remember, will be there at 2.30pm to meet and greet guests and sign copies of their books.

Next Sunday at 3pm, it's the turn of rugby legend Bernard Jackman, author of Blue Blood. For more information, telephone (045) 431 301.

The Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre has now been completely revamped for the festive season. You can walk in the footsteps of the stars in the Museum of Style Icons, which showcases memorabilia from Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Flatley, Michael Jackson and now, John Lennon.

Jim cooks up a storm for festive treat

Tucked away among the books by celebrity chefs last Christmas, Jim Tynan's Jim's Kitchen was a surprise hit -- and he's back again this year with Jim's Kitchen 2. Tynan's eminently sensible cookery book comes from his years of experience and the tried-and-tested recipes in his Kitchen and Foodhall in Hynde's Square, Portlaoise.

"I have felt privileged to have become a part of the daily cooking in so many homes," says Jim modestly. "I've loved people telling me that they've cooked things from the book and hearing their opinions."

Irish nun takes centre stage on RTE

Limerick-born Sr Sabina Staff, who lives in a convent in Birmingham, is the subject of an RTE Nationwide programme tomorrow week.

She tells how she and fellow sisters developed Fireside, a project to support homeless Irish people many of whom went to Birmingham as immigrants. Thousands of people have benefited from her ideas and counselling services. The segment for Nationwide was produced by Patrick O'Connor.

Change of date for Three Tenors

The Blessington concert of The Three Tenors has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions and will now take place on Sunday, December 12 at 8.30pm at The Church of Our Lady. Some remaining tickets are available at the parish offices on (045) 865 327.

The Three Tenors have a number of other dates during December: the Annual Gala Charity Fundraiser at the Briory Gap, Macroom, on Sunday, December 5, at 8pm, bookings on (026) 424 21; Limavady Arts Centre, Co Derry on Saturday, December 11, at 8pm.

Set sail in new year with Celtic Link

Celtic Link Ferries is the only ferry company travelling between Ireland and France in January 2011. Celtic Link Ferries operate from Rosslare, Co Wexford, to Cherbourg, in the north of France. The journey can be completed in just 15 hours. For information, telephone the passenger line on (053) 9162 688 or see

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