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Irish stars head to Dundrum cinema for the Irish premiere of Robin Hood

DUNDRUM cinema will be the place to be tonight when a host of Irish stars step out for the Irish premiere of Robin Hood.

The film was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

In an industry first initiative, the event will feature a live satellite link up with the world premiere in Cannes, where Robin Hood is the opening film of the festival.

Among those expected to walk the Irish red carpet from 6pm are Lucy Kennedy, Sharon Corr, Kathryn Thomas, Michelle Heaton, Michael Hayes, Ryan Tubridy and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh.

A drinks reception will take place in Harvey Nichols.

  • EXCITEMENT is mounting in anticipation of the Irish premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Whistle Down The Wind at the newly opened Grand Canal Theatre tonight.

A host of big names are expected to step out for the 7.30pm performance.

The critically acclaimed musical will remain on stage at the Docklands-based theatre until May 19, with many of the cast members stepping out for a photocall yesterday to publicise the production.

  • WITH just over a week to go until the Walkers TVNow Awards, Emmerdale's outrageous family, The Dingles, is preparing to jet into town tomorrow morning for a photocall to launch the Walkers Favourite Soap Family of the Year Award. Popular characters Zac, Lisa and Belle Dingle, played by Steve Halliwell, Jane Cox and Eden Taylor Draper will be paying a visit to the Mansion House ahead of the much-anticipated event, which takes place on May 22.

The award will be presented by the Walkers Family of the Year, The Fahy O'Donnell family from Limerick, who have overcome "crunchtime" in the past 12 months with spirit and humour.

As well as presenting the award, the lucky family has won €20,000 to spend however they choose.

  • ART lovers will be out in force this week for the official opening of Patrick O'Reilly's new exhibition at Connaught House on Mespil Road.

A private viewing will take place tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm, before the exhibition opens to the public from Friday until June 3.

The exhibit, entitled 'The drunkenness of things being various' will open each day from 10am to 5.30pm.

  • SOME of the biggest names from the Irish Rugby world will descend on the Burlington Hotel this evening for the 8th annual Bord Gais Energy IRUPA Awards.

More than 30 players will be in attendance including members of the International and Provincial squads.

The sporting heroes will enjoy a drinks reception, which kicks off from 7pm, before tucking into a three-course meal.