Pianist to hit his stride in concert
Colm 'Stride' O'Brien, one of our most popular exponents of stride and ragtime piano-playing, is back in the National Concert Hall tomorrow (8pm) in tandem with singer Kathy Nugent for a programme from the American songbook, including compositions by George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and Fats Waller. Ms Nugent has previously appeared in Carnegie Hall and the Boston Symphony Hall. Bookings: 01-417000 or www.nch.ie
Hotel group wins management award
The Hodson Bay group is among the winners of the Deloitte best managed companies programme. The hotel firm was among those recognised at an awards gala dinner in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, attended by Taoiseach Brian Cowen. The judging panel, chaired by Denis Brosnan, looked at criteria ranging across strategy, capability, commitment, financial and growth potential. Deloitte's Pat Cullen said: "To be recognised as a best-managed company is a tremendous achievement, given the challenges that companies in all industries are currently experiencing." Among those celebrating, above, were Hodson's Johnny O'Sullivan and Garry Walsh, and RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan.