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In brief: RTE invites viewers to a dinner-date discussion of the wedding of the year

IN the week of the marriage of Will and Kate, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh invites the bold and beautiful to a "rehearsal dinner" tomorrow night at 7pm on RTE One television.

The plan? To discuss, analyse and perhaps even gossip about Kate Middleton and the wedding that everyone is talking about. Contributors to Will Agus Kate include Maura Derrane and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain.

Planning permission sought for store

ELTISSEY Limited has applied for planning permission to develop a convenience foodstore and off-licence on the 'Blake's' site in The Hill, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. The proposal also includes a restaurant on the first floor.

Tickets on sale for Dalkey drama

TIMELESS Voices, a dramatisation of Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor, will be performed by the Dalkey Players at The Vico Rooms, over The Queens pub in Dalkey, Dublin.

The performances, from Wednesday through Friday of this week, starting at 8pm each night, are part of the 'Dublin: One City, One Book' initiative. Tickets, priced €10, are available at the door or over the phone on (087) 991 9261.

New book about IRA chief of staff

A SPLENDID Resistance: The Life of IRA Chief Of Staff Dr Andy Cooney, by Michael MacEvilly, has been published by Edmund Burke Publishers.

Described as an "out and outer", Cooney, a medical doctor, was elected chief of staff at the IRA army convention in 1925. Among those whom he defeated for the position were Sean Lemass, Frank Aiken and Tom Derrig, all of whom would subsequently go on to become government ministers. Lemass later became Taoiseach.

Cooney eventually emigrated to the United States and this is the first detailed book on his life and involvement in the struggle for Irish independence.

Festival lined up for Whelans

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THE Clockwork Apple Mini Festival will take place from May 12-14 upstairs in Whelans of Wexford Street, Dublin. Eleven acts will appear over the three nights, including Miracle Bell, Autumn Owls, I Phoenix, Sleep Thieves and Tiny Magnetic Pets.

Fire will light up Bealtaine festival

THE ancient Celtic festival of Bealtaine will be celebrated on the Hill of Uisneach in Co Westmeath next Saturday, with the lighting of a ceremonial fire at the site of what was regarded as the ancient centre of Ireland.

This is a prelude to the 'Festival of Fires', which will take place at the same venue on the May Bank Holiday, featuring The Saw Doctors, Paddy Casey and Liam O Maonlaoi among more than 100 acts, including poets, storytellers and artistic workshops. Information is at www.festivalofthefires.com.

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