Monday 23 October 2017

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Serial Irish entrepreneurs including Bill Cullen, Sean Gallagher and Nicola Byrne are amongst those taking part in Fingal Enterprise Week which runs from Monday, September 27, to Friday, October 1, with seminars, workshops and clinics throughout the region.

The week boasts an impressive schedule including 'The Business Panel Q&A' with John Bowman; A 'Finance and Funding' seminar with RTE's personal finance correspondent, George Lee; A 'New Opportunities -- Innovation and Green Business' seminar featuring speakers from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Ecology Foundation; An 'E-Business Ireland' seminar with representatives of Cisco, Realex Payments and the Irish Internet Association, concluding on the final day with SME Case Studies and the Fingal Enterprise Awards.

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'Athletes' bogged down in competition

Mud and hair will be flying in a fortnight for the Irish Bog Snorkelling Championships in Co Monaghan. The championships take place at Doohamlet Bog lake, near Castleblayney, on September 11, and are already attracting several world title challengers from Britain and Ireland.

It is expected two of last year's records -- one achieved by an English female participant, Casey Squibb, from Dorset, and another by a male contender from the North, Conor Murphy, from Portadown, Co Armagh -- may be smashed. Last year, the Dorset girl broke a previous record by chalking up a snorkel-swim, over a 120-metre course in the mud, in 1 minute and 34 seconds. And the world male record was achieved by Mr Murphy, who completed the bog-swim in just 1 minute and 28 seconds.

This year, several mud-swim enthusiasts are understood to be currently "in training" in a bid to claim both titles.

One of the key-organisers of the 2010 championships, Declan Connolly, who runs rural tourist catering cottages beside the event venue of Doohamlet Bog lake, said yesterday: "We expect huge interest this year with more and more people interested, and attracting even greater national exposure."

Kids battle to dance with Jedward

More than 600 children turned up at the Olympia Theatre to audition for the chance to dance with Jedward at this years TGI Friday's Christmas Panto, Cinderella, which opens on December 22 and runs until January 9.

The X Factor stars from Lucan, Dublin, will be joined by Linda Martin and stars from RTE's Super Crew. Fame star Jessica Cervi steps into Cinderella's glass slippers for the title role in this version of the classic story with a script written by Fiona Looney.

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