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Linda Martin's delight as children's charity honours her 'heart of gold'


Linda Martin in conversation with Aoife Finnernan...KOB...14.9.10

Linda Martin in conversation with Aoife Finnernan...KOB...14.9.10

Linda Martin in conversation with Aoife Finnernan...KOB...14.9.10

THE children's charity Variety Ireland will honour singer and television star Linda Martin with its 'Gold Heart Award' at a special charity lunch on Sunday, February 5, at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, Co Dublin.

"I'm delighted with the honour," said the star and reality TV judge who also had the distinction of winning the Eurovision Song Contest with Why Me written by Johnny Logan in 1992. Linda, who has presented shows such as The Lyrics Board, was a judge on the reality show, You're A Star.

Variety Ireland has brought joy to the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children.

Tickets for the lunch, which will include live entertainment, are €50 and are on sale now from Betty at 01 839 3532 or Mary at 086 8809668 or via email at dsmyth@varietyireland.org

THIS year's 'Enter the Dragon' Chinese festival in Dublin runs from January 20 to February 3 and celebrates the Year of the Dragon. Dublin, now twinned with Beijing, will celebrate in style and highlights include the Asia Market Chinese New Year's Carnival on January 22 and Chinese Opera in the Open sponsored by Kildare Village Chic Outlet Shopping on January 21. Both events take place in the newly covered Temple Bar Meeting House Square.

Other events include the Chinese Film Festival with Etihad Airways, a children's programme at Dublin City Public Libraries, a photo exhibition on Peking Opera, lectures and much more. Full details of these and other events in the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2012 are available from Dublin City Council.

JIM Doherty, Honour Heffernan, Dave Flemming and Myles Drennan will present 'We're Old Fashioned' -- songs from the Roaring Thirties in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall next Wednesday, January 18 at 8pm.

Featuring songs and music from the vintage decade of the Broadway shows, it promises to be a great evening.

Tickets €25 from the NCH box office at 01-4170000.

"If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. And when you hate someone, hate them until it hurts." So says Henry Rollins, the fabulously ferocious singer with iconic Los Angeles punk mavericks Black Flag and later, The Rollins Band.

An intriguing man by any definition, Rollins looks like Robert de Niro's beefed-up psycho-killer-who-found-Jesus character in the Cape Fear remake. But after a long time looking, the only thing Rollins found is himself.

He won a Grammy Award in 1994 for the audio book version of Get In The Van, his account of hard and heavy life on the road with Black Flag. He has performed in the past with the likes of Ice T and Chuck D, Lemmy and Iggy Pop, but next Sunday, January 22, Henry Rollins performs The Long March (spoken word) at Vicar Street, Dublin.

Sunday Independent