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Fabulous frocks

BOUTIQUE owner Kara Maher will be hosting a fashion-forward event tomorrow evening. She has invited dozens of friends and colleagues to join her for the opening of her new Frock 'n' Fabulous showroom, which will open its doors this week near the Dundrum Luas stop.

She'll be joined by top designers including Jennifer Rothwell and Sarah O'Neill.

•The Voice of Ireland finalist Richie Hayes is gearing up for a nationwide tour ahead of unveiling his debut album.

He'll kick off his concerts in Galway Town Hall on October 30 with special guest stars and a full cast of singers and dancers. He'll then be performing in Naas, Kilkenny and Waterford as he continues building up his fan base ahead of rehearsals for a panto in Limerick with co-star Twink.

•There's loads of Halloween-themed parties taking place around Dublin city centre this weekend.

First up this Friday, it's the turn of Vanilla nightclub in Donnybrook which is hosting a charity bash with a decidedly spooky-theme. Proceeds from the night will go towards Asperger's Syndrome Ireland with lots of spot prizes to be won on the evening.

Then on Sunday night, the party crew will be heading in to Krystle nightclub as they don their finest costumes in a bid to impress.

There will be prizes for the best-dressed and drinks costing just ¤2.50.