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Actress McCann nominated

Carlingford's Aoibheann McCann has been nominated for best actress in the Irish Theatre Awards for her performance as As Blanche DuBois in the Lyric Theatre's production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams.

Last year she was among the cast of Rough Magic's production of 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' which won the Irish Times Award for best ensemble playing.

'Gorgeous feeling to be nominated among such talent,' she told her Twitter followers, adding that she was delighted that director Emma Ni Shuirtain got a nod as it was 'an honour to make A Streetcar Named Desire with her and the rest of the team.'

The Irish National Opera production of 'Le Cenerentola' which featured Ravensdale opera star Tara Errught, was nominated for Best Production.

Pavarotti screening

A young Italian singer called Luciano Pavarotti was on the bill for an operatic concert organised by the St Cecilia's Gramaphone Society which was held in the then Town Hall in March 1963. This was his first concert outside of Italy.

In a review of the concert which was published locally, it was stated: 'Luciano Pavarotti has a naturally beautiful tenor voice and knows how to use it. A gifted and intelligent artiste, he showed great insight in his singing, combining superb vocal control with marvellous musical phrasing.'

It's fitting therefore that a screening of the Ron Howard film 'Pavarotti', which traces the life of the much loved tenor from his humble beginnings in Northern Italy to global stardom.

The screening takes place next Tuesday, February 11 at 2pm. Tickets €3.50 (plus €1.50 booking fee per ticket). Complimentary tea/coffee also served after the movie

Store in contention

Once again The Spirit Store has been short-listed for the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year awards, in the rest of Leinster category. Proprietor Mark Dearey, who is Green Party candidate for Louth and East Meath, will be looking for more votes, as this award is decided by public vote. Music fans can log onto and vote for their favourite venue by 5pm on February 7th.

Texaco art deadline

Dundalk teachers in primary and second level schools, whose pupils take part in the annual Texaco Children's Art Competition, are reminded that the closing date for receipt of entries this year is Friday, February 28

Last year over 430 pupils from schools in Co. Louth submitted entries to the competition, with a number of prize winners having their art displayed in the annual exhibition which travelled to the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda.

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