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The Insider: Putting you in the picture

Crooner David Gray is coming to Ireland next month to lend his services to a good cause. The White Ladder star, who has always been a big hit with Irish music fans, will be performing for the second Inspirations Gig at the Olympia Theatre on March 5 to help raise funds for Barretstown.

He'll be showcasing some of his best-loved hits as well as treating fans to a selection of his new material. Joining him on stage will be fellow troubadour Paddy Casey along with Mundy, the Duckworth Lewis Method, Gemma Hayes, Ham Sandwich and the Dublin Gospel Choir.

Many of the acts will also perform songs by a range of artists, including David Bowie, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Kate Bush and U2.

Organiser Gary Cohen is promising he'll have some extra guests added to the line-up over coming weeks. Barretstown was set up by the late Hollywood star Paul Newman -- every year more than 1,800 children with life-threatening illnesses head to the Kildare camp for some fun-filled activities.

  • Spare a thought for RTE's Sile Seoige, who is still away enjoying a trip to Thailand. The lucky brunette presenter was chosen to film some segments of No Frontiers over there and has no doubt been having an amazing time in the sun-kissed holiday destination.

She's obviously doing some serious travelling around the place, given that she won't return home until Valentine's Day.

  • His hosting of the Golden Globes may not have been to everyone's tastes, but tickets to Ricky Gervais's Dublin date in the O2 Dublin are still expected to sell like hotcakes.

Since last autumn, the creator of The Office has been performing to audiences in the UK as part of his Science tour and has now confirmed he'll be performing here on April 23.

A busy year lies ahead for the English funnyman -- he's gearing up to release his new flick, Cemetery Junction, and will also have his award-winning book Flanimals made into a Hollywood movie.

  • Fashion-forward racing fans will be dusting off their fascinators and dragging their finest designer wear out of the wardrobe this weekend.

The first big sporting occasion of 2010, the Hennessy Gold Cup, will be staged at Leopardstown this Sunday and should prove as popular as always. And the call for entries has now gone out for anyone who fancies throwing their hat into the ring for the Best Dressed Lady contest.

Competition will be fierce this year, given that Galway-born milliner Philip Treacy will be the main judge on the day itself.

There's a €4,000 voucher from the Design Centre in Powerscourt up for grabs for the winner of the event, now in its fourth year. A strict diktat has been issued about style rules for the day, though. Judges will be looking for the an "appropriate outfit" for daytime racing and chilly weather conditions. Participants can also pre-register for the competition at the Hennessy website, with the entries whittled down to a shortlist of 20 finalists.

  • We never knew he could sing, but Big Brother star Ray Shah took to the streets over the weekend to take part in a little bit of busking.

The Q102 presenter was trying to raise funds for the Red Cross campaign to help Haiti's earthquake victims. He swapped his usual clobber for something more glamorous, donning a Las Vegas-style outfit as he tried to drum up some cash for the millions affected by the disaster.

"If I'm going to make a show of myself, I might as well do it for a good cause. It will be my pleasure to give any money raised to those who need it desperately in Haiti," he said.