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The Insider: 28/01/2010

Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson will be putting his weight behind the launch of the 2010 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this evening. The red carpet will be rolled out at Tripod for the unveiling of all the details of the forthcoming movie event.

Gleeson, who won huge acclaim for his recent role playing Winston Churchill, will be joined by TV actress Nora Jane Noone as the pair takes centre stage at the invite-only launch. Many of the biggest names in the industry are expected to join the pair at the bash, with the festival kicking off on February 18 and running until February 28.

  • Fans of the Temple Bar's annual TradFest have been out in their droves this week for the start of the music event. Now in its fifth year, the line-up includes Kilfenora Ceili Band, Matt Molloy, John Carty, Arty McGlynn, Mary McPartlan, Rick Epping and Finbar Furey, who are all performing in a range of venues around the south Dublin area. The event's patron, Stephen Rea, said the artists' confidence was "amazing".

"These are musicians that if they were in any other genre they would be making a fortune, wouldn't they.

"I listen to Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill, who I think is the most amazing singer, and if she was Italian she would be a huge opera singer," he said.

  • Queen star Brian May has confirmed that he'll be joining cast and crew for both performances of this Sunday's grand finale of We Will Rock You. The smash-hit musical will finish its 10-day stint in Dublin this weekend and plans are afoot to ensure the production goes out with a bang. May has now said he will take to the stage at Dublin's O2 arena for both the 2pm and 7pm show, which will mark the end of the year-long tour, which took in numerous dates all over Britain. He is not the only well-known star on stage though -- other performers include actor Jonathan Wilkes, former Corrie star Kevin Kennedy and X Factor sensation Brenda Edwards.

  • Funnyman Des Bishop will be polishing off all his finest gags for his forthcoming show at the Button Factory next week. The Irish-American comic, who's being sponsored by the ESB for his Unplugged gig, will take to the stage at the Temple Bar venue on February 3 as he endeavours to give everyone a much-needed laugh. Once his performance is over, guests will be staying on to enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Arveene, who is one of the best-known club regulars.

  • If you fancy raising some money for a great cause while also testing your mental powers, keep February 17 free.

Hip radio station Phantom 105.2 is hosting its first music quiz of 2010 in the Sugar Club next month and is pledging all the proceeds raised towards Unicef Ireland's Emergency Appeal for the Children of Haiti. Participants will be put through their paces with eight rounds of music-related questions. Tickets are €50 for a table of five.