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The Insider: 05/01/2010

Congratulations are in order to Louise Kennedy, after the Irish designer joined forces with Mercedes Benz.

The style guru, whose creations have adorned the backs of many of our best-known celebs, has just had confirmed her new role as style envoy for the car company.

Although we are not entirely sure what that entails, this is the first time an Irish businesswoman has been selected for the job, which will see her focus on the new E-Class Coupe.



  • Glam siblings Jilly and Amy Hamilton will be hosting a swish beano for all their best pals tomorrow evening at their sports store Onboard.

Housed in the Creation Arcade, the sisters will have a DJ, give-aways and bundles of complimentary drinks for their annual party, which should see many of the capital's revellers out in force for the event.

Their good pal Rosanna Davison won't be there, though, as she and boyfriend Wes Quirke are still away, lapping up the delights of Mauritius with the beauty's family.



  • Good news for fans of movie-hunk-turned-musician Jared Leto. The former beau of Cameron Diaz is coming to town next month to perform with his rock act 30 Seconds To Mars.

No strangers to these shores, they'll be taking to the stage at the O2 Dublin on February 26, as they blast out the tunes for their Irish fans.

Tickets, priced €39.20, are available now from all the usual outlets.



  • IF you are not completely partied out after the festive season, it's worth heading to the Purty Kitchen on Friday for their Sticky Disco event.

Kicking off the weekend, doors will open at 10pm with revellers free to roam over four floors and enjoy the pumping sounds in three bars.

And resident DJs Des O'Leary and Paddy Scahill will blast out the tunes at the electro-techno event.



  • crooner Ronan Keating's songs have been received lots of radio play, but now the Diary sees that the squeaky-clean singer will be slipping behind the decks himself, after landing his own radio show in London.

He will shortly be fronting a programme on Magic 105.4 FM, starting from Sunday, choosing songs selected by himself and his listeners.

"I'm really excited about getting behind the mike and choosing my favourite tunes to play to the listeners," he said. "It's an opportunity to share my love of music with the fans, and show everyone I am not only a singer, but a broadcaster as well."


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