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The Insider: 11/01/2010

U2 stars Bono and The Edge paid a visit to Grafton Street celeb haunt Lillie's Bordello with a bunch of pals over the weekend.

The Diary spotted the A-list musicians partying in the club's VIP library area alongside high-profile pals including artist Guggi, musician Gavin Friday and actor Liam Cunningham.

The group were celebrating the success of The Edge's new movie, It Might Get Loud, in which he stars alongside Jack White of the White Stripes and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.



  • NEWSTALK will this week launch a nationwide campaign to crown the greatest female vocalist of all time.

Listeners to the Tom Dunne show have been asked to vote.

"The idea came from listeners to an item we did last week on the new sounds of 2010," Tom explained.

"It struck me how so many hotly tipped artists for the coming year are female singers in the same vein as Kate Bush and Bjork," he added.



  • A host of big names from the theatre world will step out tomorrow afternoon for the official launch of the Gaiety Theatre Spring/Summer 2010 Season Programme.

The event, which will take place in the Gaiety Theatre, Dress Circle Bar at 12.30pm, will see several well-known guests in attendance including John Costigan, managing director of the Gaiety Theatre, producer Noel Pearson, director Dominic Dromgoole, and cast members of Philadelphia Here I Come Barry McGovern, Gerry McSorley and Marian O'Dwyer. Invited guests can look forward to a light luncheon following the event.



  • AS excitement builds ahead of the arrival to the O2of Queen's musical We Will Rock You, bosses at the venue are under pressure to find somebody to love a giant 15-foot Freddie Mercury statue, which will travel to Dublin with the show.

The giant statue has been standing in front of the Dominion Theatre in London's West End for more than seven years. However, now the 680kg statue will journey to Ireland to announce the arrival of the Queen and Ben Elton musical.

The musical, starring Kevin Kennedy, Jonathan Wilkes and Brenda Edwards, will kick off on January 20, with shows every night until January 31.



  • WELL-known media personalities Aidan Power and Eddie Hobbs will be among the celebrity names who step out next Monday as official celebrity ambassadors for this year's DAWN campaign.

The high-profile pair will join forces to draw attention to Aware, the national organisation which provides information and emotional support services to individuals and families affected by depression.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Aware.


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