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GOLFING champ Darren Clarke will appear on the Late Late Show tonight, the Diary can reveal.

The Ulster-born sports star, who won the 2011 Open, is coming to the capital city to sign copies of his new tome, An Open Book, as well as appearing on Ryan Tubridy's chatshow. Due to Darren's scheduling commitments, the interview had to be pre-recorded this afternoon, but should prove a ratings-puller.

Earlier this week saw Clarke awarded an OBE from Queen Elizabeth for services to the sport. There with wife Alison and sons Tyrone and Conor, he described it as a "great honour".

If you fancy the chance to meet the sporting hero, he'll be signing copies of his book in Easons on O'Connell Street at 1pm tomorrow. Meanwhile, on the Saturday Night Show, international chart-topper Michael Buble is one of the big-name guests. Also coming back for another stint is crooner Brian Kennedy, who famously walked off the show last year after a spat with a celeb journalist.

Top Limerick band Hermitage Green appear to be on a roll lately. Earlier this week saw them performing a one-off gig for the Ireland rugby team to boost spirits ahead of their clash against Argentina.

They followed in the footsteps of Christy Moore and Mumford & Sons, who previously performed for the boys in green during one of their training sessions. And they obviously went down well: captain Jamie Heaslip described their gig as "absolutely class".

Their live show in Whelans on December 6 is already sold out and they have now announced a performance at the Academy on March 2. Last week saw them releasing their single, Golden Rule, and the guys are gearing up for a busy 2013, with tour dates taking them to Australia for six weeks in January. Then it's over to the US with shows in venues including Las Vegas, Chicago and Florida.

The Original Rudeboys will be taking centre stage at an unusual venue for an album launch -- Nando's on St Andrew's Street. There to unveil their latest offerings from their remastered deluxe album This Life, Neddy, Sean and Rob will be performing a few ditties to a select group of invited guests.

Getting the party started will be Dermot Whelan from The Republic Of Telly, while DJ Cici Cavanagh will be spinning the tunes on the deck.

The Stars In My Eyes crooners hit the headlines last month after allegedly turning down a slot supporting Chris Brown at his forthcoming Irish gig in the O2 Dublin.