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In Brief: Second prize for Irish researcher in Dutch Innovating Justice Awards

ROISIN O' Shea, a doctoral scholar in family law, supported by the Irish Research Council, has been awarded joint-second prize in the Innovating Justice Awards, by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law in Holland. Her paper, An EU Family Justice Model, secured 2,999 votes in the public vote, which put her through to the final 12, from which her entry was selected for second prize.

Ms O'Shea, who will shortly complete her PhD at Waterford Institute of Technology, said: "This was an incredible opportunity to meet like-minded researchers and entrepreneurs who all have a common goal of addressing access to justice issues worldwide. I hope that the award will lead to funding for our project, which will be based in Waterford."

Chopra to hold seminar on spirituality

DEEPAK Chopra, the global authority on spirituality and personal empowerment, will be in Dublin next Thursday, November 15, to give his talk 'Spiritual Solutions', offering guidance and encouragement, and solutions enabling you to take your life into your own capable hands.

Mr Chopra has made clear his conviction that it is within the potential of every human being to live an enriching, self-aware, magnificent life. But to reach that state of empowerment is a difficult task, calling for courage, will power and -- often -- guidance.

Tickets €75/€60 from www.seminars.ie

Cellist, 18, wins €2,000 scholarship

CELLIST Sinead O'Halloran, 18, from Blackrock in Cork, a sixth-year music student at Regina Mundi College in Douglas, is the winner of the 2012 Fr Frank Maher Music Awards sponsored by Top Security and Ireland's largest classical music scholarship for post-primary schools.

The awards went nationwide for the first time in 2012 and seven young finalists, five from Dublin and two from Cork, competed last Wednesday at Castleknock College in Dublin to win the top prize of a €2,000 scholarship fund to further their musical career.

Ex-anchor to perform his new album

Former RTE News Reporter Conor Mark Kavanagh will be back in front of the mic, but in a different way, with a showcase gig to perform an intimate evening of songs from his debut album, Arising From Within, in Whelan's on Wexford St on Sunday, 9 December.

A once-off band featuring Brian Hogan from Kila, Dave Hingerty from The Frames and producer and singer/songwriter Larry Hogan will be assembled for an evening of original material, some covers and amusing stories of how the songs came about. The Christmas song, Sing Out is to be released as an iTunes Christmas single. Tickets €12-€15.

Director to launch UCC's BA in film

Oscar-nominated screenwriter and award-winning director, Kirsten Sheridan (In America; Disco Pigs; August Rush) will be the special guest at the open evening for UCC's new BA in Film and Screen Media on Thursday, 15 November, at 6pm in the Boole Lecture Theatre 4.

Led by recognised experts and practitioners, UCC's BA in Film and Screen Media will launch in September 2013 and offer students a comprehensive education in the history, aesthetics and practice of the moving image, from early cinema to the digital age, as well as cutting-edge courses in digital, mobile and social media. The new BA also offers practical modules and workshops in digital filmmaking, screenwriting and film producing.Check out UCC Film Studies website or email uccfilmstudies@ucc.ie

Sunday Independent