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The Insider: Mel Gibson to have an Irish civic honour bestowed upon him

Hollywood star Mel Gibson will have an Irish civic honour bestowed upon him next month.

The controversial star, who came here two years ago for the IFTAs, will be given the Freedom of Trim at a ceremony in April.

The canny move by Trim Town Council is a bid to highlight the star's connections with the town, given that he spent several weeks there filming the blockbuster Braveheart.

Not only will he be given the civic honour, he has also been invited to take part in the inaugural hot air balloon fiesta and medieval banquet taking place in the town from April 2 to 5.

  • Nick Munier will be forsaking his usual haunt of Pichet to head out to Blanchardstown this month.

As well as running his city centre restaurant, the Hell's Kitchen maitre d' has been putting brush to canvas as he unwinds after a hard day's work at the restaurant.

Munier has an exhibition of painting, called The Pichet Collection, taking place on March 25 in the Gallery 23 at Coolmine business centre.

  • Congrats to Gareth Lambe after he emerged victorious in the Ketel One vodka heat of the World Class Bartender of the Year.

He beat the competition, who assembled in the Ice Bar of the Four Seasons earlier this week for the Diageo contest.

Lambe won the contest with his cocktail The Dirty Wizard, while the runner-ups included Shane Nolan from SoHo Bar in Cork and Lisa McCarron from the Merchant Hotel in Belfast. The winner will now go ahead and compete in the May final of the contest.

  • The Olympia Theatre will be the venue for this year's Teen-Line Ireland variety show. A host of stars including Brendan O'Carroll, in his most famous role as Mrs Browne, will take to the stage to entertain ticket holders on March 15 in a bid to raise funds for the free helpline service that helps troubled youngsters.

Other performers who have signed up include Don Baker, Fox Avenue, Lost and Sound, the Talented Kids and X Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg.

Other attendees on the night will include former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern as well as snooker champ Ken Doherty.

  • Fans of Eleanor Shanley, take note. The former De Dannan star will be performing at a special concert in Sandford Parish Church next week as she gets into the spirit of the St Patrick's Day celebrations on March 15.

The acclaimed crooner will be joined at the Ranelagh church by Anne Marie O'Farrell on the harp and the Alexandra College trad band at the one-off event. Tickets costing €10/€15 are available at the door on the night or from the Ranelagh Arts Shop. The concert is in aid of the southside church.

  • Speed freaks and petrol heads will be heading out to Citywest next month when The Masters of Dirt world tour comes to these shores.

Ticket holders will be treated to death-defying acts from some of the world's craziest freestyle riders as they pull out all the stops to ensure an evening to remember.

PR queen Valerie Roe is organising a VIP evening to kick things off during the April 8 to 11 event and has invited all the usual social suspects to attend.