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Pauric Sweeney will be in Brown Thomas Dublin next Thursday

- CELEBRATED Irish designer Pauric Sweeney will be in Brown Thomas Dublin next Thursday, September 16, between 5 and 7.30pm to launch his much anticipated autumn/winter accessories collection.

Described as the epitome of luxury, Pauric's famed bags are edgy and modern but with a classical twist.

Pauric himself will be on hand to showcase his collection, which is new and exclusive to the Accessories Hall of Brown Thomas Dublin this season.

- ACTRESS Dervla Kirwan will be donning her runners next month when she takes part in the Dublin City Marathon in aid of children's charity Barretstown.

The London-based actress, who most recently appeared in Neil Jordan's Ondine opposite Colin Farrell, has been training since March for the challenge, which will see her run 42km through the streets of Dublin.

She will be joined by her personal trainer, Rob Piggot, who will take her through her paces and across the finishing line at Merrion Square.

Those interested in running the marathon with Dervla and Rob for Barretstown should contact Bronwyn on 045 864115 or log on to www.barretstown.org

- IT will be a boys-only day out next month when a host of players and celebrities from the Rugby world descend upon the Shelbourne Hotel for the Rugby Lunch, in aid of the Children's Sunshine Home.

The exclusive event will be hosted by charity queen Sharon Smurfit, with rugby pundits Brent Pope and Risteard Cooper on hand to act as MCs on the day.

The much-anticipated charity bash will take place on October 8 with a drinks reception kicking off from 12pm, followed by lunch at 1pm. Tickets for the event cost €120 per person with tables of 8, 10 and 12 available from info@whitediamondevents.org

- XPOSE star Glenda Gilson will be jetting to New York this weekend to interview renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.

The Hilfiger label is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a star-studded after-party on Sunday night.

Expected attendees include Ed Westwick, Rosario Dawson, Hayden Panetierre, Ashley Olsen and Anna Wintour, who is sure to have a front-row seat.

When Glenda returns she'll be busy preparing for Xpose Live, which is taking place from November 19 to 21 in the RDS.

- EXCITEMENT is building ahead of the official opening of Brian Friel's Dancing At Lughnasa.

The play celebrates the tale of a memorable harvest time in remote Donegal as seen through the eyes of a seven-year-old boy.

The play runs from Tuesday, September 21 to Saturday 25 at 8pm nightly at The Teacher's Club on Parnell Square West.

Tickets are €15 or €12 from www.ticketoffice.ie/latouche.