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Le Marche De France festival launches tomorrow

- THE official launch of the Le Marche De France festival takes place tomorrow at the VIP Marquee on Spencer Dock.

Guests can look forward to a special reception followed by a guided tour of the Le Belem tall ship, which will remain in Dublin overnight as part of the celebrations to mark French week. The event coincides with the French national holiday, Bastille Day.

  • YUMMY mummy Miriam O'Callaghan has signed up to host a special lunch next week to celebrate 50 years of the birth control pill.

Guest speakers will be Dr Nina Byrnes, a GP, columnist and presenter of RTE's Health Of The Nation and Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, a professor of modern history at UCD.

The invite-only luncheon takes place at 12.30pm in Fallon & Byrne, on Exchequer Street, on Thursday, July 22.

wwwDUBLIN'S second Nandos opened in a blaze of glory last weekend with former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton cutting the red ribbon before jetting to London to celebrate her 31st birthday.

The new restaurant -- in the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords -- will follow in the footsteps of the already booming Dundrum-based Nandos restaurant. It is the fourth to open in Ireland.

  • THIS year's Belgian Beer Festival will kick off on Thursday night with a special launch party at the Porterhouse Bar in Temple Bar.

Guests will be able to enjoy Belgian samples as well as a selection of Porterhouse beers on the night. The celebrations begin at 6pm.

wwwPOPULAR nightclub Howl at the Moon, at Lower Mount Street, in Dublin, will be the place to be next week when they host a special summer party to launch their new BBQ terrace.

The star-studded bash will take place on Wednesday, July 21, starting at 6.30pm.