Friday 19 January 2018

Parnell Summer School comes of age with debate exploring equality issues

The week-long Parnell Summer School 2011 will be officially opened at 4.30pm today in the birthplace of the political leader -- Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow -- by Maurice Manning of the Irish Human Rights Commission.

This will be the 21st year of the school. To mark its coming of age and the centenary of the death of Ladies' Land League founder Anna Parnell, the 2011 school will explore 'Equality: Then and Now', as an overarching theme to its many discussion panels, debates and lectures throughout the week.

Today's keynote address at 5pm will feature Dr Mary Cullen on the theme of 'Irish women, equality and citizenship in the 19th and 20th centuries'.

Carpenter tribute show set for NCH

A NEW show, We've Only Just Begun: A Celebration of The Carpenters, starring Toni Lee as Karen Carpenter takes place in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on September 7, with further performances in Newbridge, Co Kildare on September 17 and Waterford on October 21.

Toni Lee, who mesmerised audiences on ITV's Stars in Their Eyes, sings some of the greatest love songs in pop music history such as Yesterday Once More, Superstar, We've Only Just Begun, Please Mr Postman and Close To You.

Troupe to celebrate Philo's birthday

TO celebrate Phil Lynott's birthday next Saturday, August 20, the MaSamba dance and music troupe will put on a spectacular street pageant along Grafton Street at 6pm.

Some 90 dancers and members of MaSamba will perform the pageant titled 'The Boys Are Back in Town' as a tribute to the music legend.

The troupe's incredible carnival costumes are being created in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"Today, 25 years after his death, Phil Lynott still holds a special place in the hearts of Dubliners," said MaSamba creative director, Simeon Smith. "And we wanted to honour him and his work on the very streets that Phil once busked as a struggling musician.

"We promise a spectacular show that will have everyone dancing and singing along as we parade through the streets."

Phil Lynott fans can help to fund the spectacular by going to

Duran Duran to end tour in capital

DURAN DURAN have announced that the rescheduled tour will end in Dublin at the O2 on December 20. The original tour was cancelled because of singer Simon Le Bon's vocal problems.

The tour opens in November in Brighton.

Tickets for the original dates are fully valid and some new tickets priced at €44.20 will go on sale on August 19 at 9am.

Sunday Independent

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